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Birth to Thrive Blog

  • Investing in STEM: Changing the Equation for Early Learners

      The research keeps adding up: Early math concepts and skills are a strong predictor of later reading and math achievement. It is widely understood that children should begin building literacy skills early on. Fewer people understand the need to foster early math skills, which connect directly to school success. We all can play a […]

  • Investing in What Matters Most

      By Jane Partridge Project Coordinator Visions for Early Learning   Food bank baskets filled with produce, a school library opened on a Saturday morning, and a magician waiting in the wings – all are an investment in nurturing resiliency in the small boy now listening to story-time with a farm-stand carrot held tightly in […]

  • Better Pay for Teachers Is a Key to Early Education Reform

      The first in a series that explores compensation in early learning.   Preschool and child care teachers typically don’t earn high or even medium salaries. In fact, students who major in early childhood education earn the least during their careers, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.   Low pay among early […]

  • The Five Things You Must Know About Early Learning in Southwest Washington

      By Lindsay Newcomer Coalition Coordinator Southwest Early Learning Regional Coalition   From the diversity of our region of the state, we draw great strength. Our Early Learning Regional Coalition starts in south Pacific county on the west and includes Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. From Long Beach to the west and Alderdale […]