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The Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance has been a champion of early learning in Spokane since 2006. As supporters of early childhood education, we are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on child care.
The child care crisis is about to get worse in Washington after new rules go into effect on August 1.
School officials urge Senate to change the state constitution and allow smaller majorities to approve their bond issues
School resource officers, threat assessment and statewide school safety are the topics of five new bills in Olympia. The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee heard public testimony on the bills Wednesday.
The Bezos Family Foundation's donation amounts to a nearly 13 percent boost in the College of Education's total donations and offers a lasting opportunity to influence the school's research and programs in early education.
By the time their children finish preschool, some Spokane County parents have paid for the equivalent of a college education at a state university. Child care costs are rising again, as the state’s $11 per hour minimum wage pushes up labor costs at daycare centers.
Much like the push to coordinate efforts under criminal justice reform, the case for consolidating children services is compelling.
A national free-speech group has asked a Washington state day care subsidy program to revise a standard which it says limits the use of frightening books and could keep day cares from having books like “Where the Wild Things Are” and “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves.”
Also this week: West Valley opens “Dracula,” West Valley Early Learning Center hosts open house, Roosevelt wins grant for school garden.
The Washington State Department of Early Learning’s Early Achiever’s program will require early learning professionals who serve children on state subsidies to enroll by August 1. If they don’t, they could lose they state reimbursements.
While lawmakers have been derelict in fully funding K-12 education, they have rightly focused efforts upon the youngest learners, and those efforts have included funneling more money toward early child care.
What parent wouldn’t want high standards for their children’s care givers, especially when it comes to life-saving tools?
The renovation of the old Yoke’s supermarket on 16 N. Progress Road prompted a complicated game of musical schools in the Central Valley School District. The renovations, as well as the moves are part of a $121.9 million construction bond voters approved in February 2015 – the first bond for the district in 17 years.
A bipartisan Senate group seeking citizen input on possible changes in the property tax levy system to shift the burden of paying some teachers salaries from local districts back to the state. It will stop in Spokane this month.
Rep. Ross Hunter, the House Democrats' chief budget writer, will leave the Legislature to become director of the Department of Early Learning.
In Stephanie Zappone’s preschool class, students stay busy. They are making pretend food with Play-Doh. Some are playing drums and other instruments. One is painting, some are building tall structures with blocks and others are working on their writing. During class time they learn about pedestrian safety and classroom rules.
Tiny voices buzzed and toys clattered in the preschool classroom at Ferris High School, a cacophony of indistinct sounds until a 4-year-old proclaimed her victory. “I did the puzzle all by myself,” said Kaylee Smith, 4, who sat quietly at a kid-size table by herself.
Each of the child care providers gathered in the backyard of Gib and Liz Kocherhans’ north Spokane home has a story. The Kocherhanses, who own this single-story rancher where children have played for more than 20 years, point to the water feature in their front yard that’s been deemed dangerous.
Funding cuts to an organization serving vulnerable children have caused backlash for county health officials as they restructure how to distribute stagnant funding at a time when needs are growing. The $195,000 pulled from the Spokane Guilds’ School and Neuromuscular Center helped pay for programs tailored for disabled and developmentally delayed children.
Washington kindergartners are physically coordinated enough for their first year of school, but their ability to count to 20 and clearly express themselves are lagging, according to a new assessment released by the state. Early-learning advocates suspected the state’s kindergartners were entering school less than fully prepared, especially low-income and minority students. Now there’s data to back up the theory.