The Case for Early Learning

The Case for Early Learning

October 15, 2014

The inaugural LiveWire event brought scientists and political leaders together for an important discussion about the benefits of early childhood education. How do preschoolers learn? Should Washington offer free preschool for all? How can our limited tax resources best serve our most precious local resource — our community’s children?





Speakers

 

DR. PATRICIA K. KUHL  

The Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning, Dr. Kuhl is Co-Director of the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences and Director of the Science of Learning Center.

 

DR. ANDREW N. MELTZOFF  

The Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair, Dr. Meltzoff is Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.

 

RON PETERS  

Former Oklahoma state legislator Peters introduced legislation to establish a public-private partnership to promote early-childhood education. Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to adopt universal preschool.

 

RUTH KAGI  

Washington State Rep. Kagi represents the 32nd District, including North King and South Snohomish counties, and chairs the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee.

 

MAYOR ED MURRAY  

Seattle Mayor since January 2014, Murray is a proponent of the Seattle Preschool Program Levy, proposed in tandem with the City Council. The Levy will be up for vote for Seattle residents in the November election.

 

ANNE ARNOLD  

The P-3 Director of the Highline School District, Arnold is tasked with leading and implementing the District’s strategic objective to ensure that 95 percent of all students entering Kindergarten in 2013 and beyond meet or exceed standard in core subjects by third grade.

 

JOHN HIGGINS  

The K-12 Education Reporter for The Seattle Times, Higgins was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2012 to 2013.

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  • About The Series

    The Seattle Times LiveWire is an event series that features meaningful discussions about vital issues impacting our region and its people. The events bring together local and national experts for provocative conversations on key topics moderated by a Seattle Times journalist.
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