Preschool

Election 2014
5:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Why Do Unions Want To Run Child Care Teacher Training In Seattle?

SEIU Local 925 and American Federation of Teachers are sponsoring Proposition 1A, one of two competing preschool ballot measures
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Seattle voters will have to choose between two ballot measures that both aim to help improve education for preschoolers, but in different ways.

The city’s plan, Proposition 1B, would set up a pilot program of subsidized preschool using a property tax levy.

The competing measure, Proposition 1A, is sponsored by two unions, Service Employees International Union Local 925 and American Federation of Teachers, a national teachers’ union affiliated with AFL-CIO.

Prop. 1A calls for a quicker path to a minimum wage of $15 an hour for child care teachers and would set a city policy that states no family should have to spend more than 10 percent of the household income on child care.

One other provision that’s drawn less attention is a plan to set up a system of training in which the unions would play a bigger role. 

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Early Childhood Education
5:55 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Court Ruling Sets Up Fight Between Two Seattle Early Learning Plans

Seth Wenig AP Photo

An appeals court has affirmed that a pair of early education ballot measures will appear on the ballot not as two yes-or-no votes, but as a multiple-choice question.

The ruling upholds an earlier decision, which established that Seattle voters who support expanding preschool can’t vote “yes” on both the measures before them in November. Instead, they’ll have to pick which one they like best.

It’s a victory for the city, which has proposed a small preschool program as a step toward universal pre-K. That plan will now go head-to-head with a union-backed measure to create a training institute for educators and hike their pay.

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Early Childhood Education
4:57 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

If Seattle Creates Preschool Program, Multilingual Providers Would Have Leg Up

Kyle Stokes KPLU

If Seattle voters approve a property tax hike to expand preschool access, the program would start small, paying for a handful of providers to teach a little more than a dozen classrooms of students in its first year.

How will the city choose those few providers? Those teaching preschool kids in multiple languages have a better chance of getting picked.

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Early Education
4:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Feds cut off two Seattle-based Head Start programs

United Indians' Head Start program, based at their Daybreak Star building, will end after this June.
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Two Seattle-based Head Start providers are losing their funding, as part of a wider crackdown within the federal preschool program.

Other agencies will take over the contracts, so the move won’t reduce the number of early education slots available to low-income kids in Seattle. But to the providers who are being cut off, it’s devastating.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Three Wash. Head Start programs on the ropes

Daybreak Star's Head Start program had to reapply for its own contract, as part of new accountability measures.
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For the first time in its 47-year history, the Head Start program is introducing some tough accountability measures. That’s left three Washington providers fighting for their lives, including a Seattle program with a storied history.

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Education
10:27 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Report: State dollars not going far enough for pre-K

A new national report released Tuesday says Washington preschool programs that receive government dollars are among the best in the country. But the researchers also believe too few kids benefit from the $54 million Washington spends on preschool each school year.

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Health and nutrition
10:32 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Kids and seniors get a taste of local produce in King County programs

Preschool students in Beacon Hill cut up local, organic red potatoes on May 4, 2011. The potatoes are part of an effort to get more fresh produce into childcare and senior sites.
Charla Bear KPLU

Over the past few years, a lot of people have pushed to get local, fresh produce into meals at public schools. Far less attention has been focused on kids in childcare programs. That effort is finally underway.  

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Pre-K Education
7:32 am
Mon January 3, 2011

University of Washington center reimagines Head Start Program

Kids read at a preschool program in Seattle
Seattle Office for Education

A new project just launched at the University of Washington could give Head Start teachers a boost.  The effort aims to redesign how instructors for the federal early learning program are trained.

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State Budget Crisis
9:49 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Governor orders cuts as preschool waitlist soars

The number of poor children on the waitlist for preschool in Washington has tripled over the past three years. And now the problem may get worse. Governor Chris Gregoire’s across-the-board budget reductions threaten to cut more than 100 kids who are already enrolled.

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