universal preschool

Education
3:28 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Like Seattle, Boston Pushes For Universal Preschool

A member of a Seattle delegation, King County Executive Dow Constanine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray visited Boston and New Jersey this year to learn about their universal preschool models.
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Marcie Sillman talks to WBUR reporter David Scharfenberg about Boston's efforts to expand its preschool system. Here in Seattle, the City Council is considering a property tax levy to fund universal preschool.

Early Childhood Education
3:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Preschool For All, A Sliding Scale For Most: The Plan For Pre-K In Seattle

A member of a Seattle delegation, King County Executive Dow Constanine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray visited Boston and New Jersey this year to learn about their universal preschool models.
Flickr Photo/Dow Constantine (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess about the recently unveiled proposal to fund universal pre-K in Seattle. The proposal was announced today by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Burgess, and Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda. If approved by the City Council, the proposal will be forwarded to the November ballot.

Early Childhood Education
3:58 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Universal Preschool In Seattle: Why Some Aren't On Board

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Steve Scher talks with Liv Finne, director of Washington Policy Center's Center for Education, about her take on universal preschool and why she thinks Seattle should focus its priorities elsewhere.

Pre-K Education
12:41 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Should Seattle Provide Universal Preschool?

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On Wednesday, the Seattle City Council held its first committee meeting to consider a plan for providing universal preschool for three and four year olds. The effort is being led by Councilmember Tim Burgess.

Burgess told KUOW that "we know from all of the academic research that preschool for three and four year olds is a key step to prepare them to enter kindergarten, so they can learn and thrive throughout their education process."

Not everyone finds that research so convincing. Liv Finne of the Washington Policy's Education Center said, "the research has been exaggerated," and if Seattle moves forward with a plan to provide universal preschool, "we're not going to get the results that are being promised."

The Seattle City Council will continue to meet in the coming months. 

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