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August 18, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Universal pre-K: After-school programs important as well

Letter writer Jack McCarthy didn’t fully explain why parents of disadvantaged families are unable to provide their children with pre-K school as well as education support during their school years [“Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 11]. Many disadvantaged parents are poorly educated themselves and might not value education as…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bob Dorse, education, pre-K

August 11, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Universal pre-K: Good preschool is an ‘academic rocket boost’

The Seattle Times is right to recognize the value of high-quality preschool instruction based on models tested elsewhere in the nation [“In November, make the right choice for universal pre-K in Seattle,” Opinion, July 30]. Rice University research by Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that, by age three, children born into economically disadvantaged…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, education, Jack McCarthy

June 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Universal pre-K is needed, but include child-care workers in plan

Those of us who have been caring for young children over the past several decades have placed Initiative I-107 on the ballot. I doubt that The Seattle Times consulted any of us before penning Friday’s editorial [“Voters should thwart attempts to hijack mayor’s pre-K mandate,” Opinion, June 19]. If you work and have a…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Early Childhood Education, preschool, Roslyn Duffy

August 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Preschool for all Seattle children

More education funding needed So now Seattle is moving to provide more preschool education for all its 3- and 4-year-old residents. [“Editorial: Preschool investment,” Opinion, Aug. 26.] Bravo! Apparently, older kids will arrive at school with backpacks filled. Bravo again! Will great programs will greet them? Perhaps not so much. When will we accept the need for…


Comments | More in Economy, Education, Seattle | Topics: children, education, funding

May 31, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Funding for early learning

Build federal-state partnership The Times rightly backs increased investments in preschool [“Editorial: Preschool trickles up,” Opinion, May 19]. But Washington doesn’t have to go it alone. It’s about fairness. Just 48 percent of low-income children enter kindergarten school-ready, compared to three-fourths of higher-income kids. Quality pre-K levels the playing field, especially for poor kids. And it…


Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, pre-K, preschool