The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced the nine successful states today. Thirty-five states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico applied for the grant, which is designed to help states improve early learning and development programs for young children.
“This is very welcome news and helps us further give our children every possible tool that they need to excel in today’s world,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire. "Washington’s application shone because it was a truly collaborative effort. We brought together public and private partners in early learning and K-12 to improve school readiness for all children in Washington and the Washington way proved successful. The early years of a child’s life are the most important. It is our responsibility to embrace, support, and nurture that understanding.”
“This incredible opportunity means that the more than 73,000 children who start kindergarten in Washington each year will hit the ground running,” said Department of Early Learning Director Bette Hyde. “We were bold and ambitious in writing our application, and we will be equally ambitious as we use these funds to build the early learning system our children deserve.”
“If kids get the high-quality early learning opportunities they need, that sets them up for greater success when they reach the K-12 system,” said Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. “Moving WaKIDS to scale will give our teachers the data they need, and make parents true partners in their child’s education from day one.”Parents aren't 'true partners' from 'day one' without a government agency supervising it? Yeah, there's an idea with a great pedigree.