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Latest hurdle in grueling U.S. daycare hunt: waitlist fees

Even before Tricia Schalekamp knew the baby growing inside her was a boy, she embarked on the search for child care with urgency and intensity. She visited two dozen centers in the Seattle area, created spreadsheets with notes and paid at least $500 in nonrefundable waiting list fees.

‘Broken’ economics for preschool workers, child care sector

A dire child care workforce crisis amid a booming U.S. economy is compelling many industry players to turn to business tactics more closely resembling Wall Street than “Sesame Street” – including noncompete clauses for child care workers and client families, college tuition incentives for the workers and non-refundable wait list fees for desperate parents seeking day care slots.

Eye on Boise: Diverse group urges Idaho to invest in early-childhood education

BOISE - The best thing Idaho can do for its kids, its workforce and its economy is invest in early-childhood education, citizens told a state senate committee last week. The array of presenters was diverse, including a longtime judge, a kindergarten teacher, the state’s lieutenant governor, a school superintendent and a bank chairman.

Pre-K hearing: ‘The evidence is compelling’

From a longtime judge to a kindergarten teacher from Kuna to the state’s lieutenant governor, from a school superintendent from Idaho City to a bank chairman from Pocatello, an array of presenters told the Senate Education Committee this afternoon that the best thing Idaho could...

Preschool closes after 2 girls sickened by E. coli

EVERETT – A Snohomish County preschool has been temporarily closed while officials try to track down the source of an E. coli contamination that has sickened two students. The Daily Herald reports the students, both under 5 years old, have been hospitalized. Snohomish Health District spokeswoman Heather Thomas said one has a potentially life-threatening complication that affects a person’s kidneys. Information on the other student’s condition wasn’t immediately available.

A preschooler’s 3 wishes

I've been immersed in a home-organization project, filling a bin for each son with childhood mementos etc. I came across #3 son wishes as dictated to he preschool teacher. Let's just say, he was granted one of them.

‘It was never never’

For many parents, the moments when a child reaches another milestone of development are notable but inevitable. For Michelle and Tim Nagle, those moments were massive. And until they happened – until their daughter Eden finally crawled at 2, walked on her own at 4 1/2 – the Coeur d’Alene parents weren’t sure they would. Whether Eden, now 6, would walk was just one unknown in a world of them after they learned she had a rare genetic condition. To share their joy in their daughter’s progress was one reason Michelle made a video documenting Eden’s milestones. Another was to offer encouragement to other people facing their own hurdles.

Preschools’ benefits unavailable to many in Spokane County, state

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.