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The Case For Early Learning

85% of her brain will be developed by age 3
October 15, 2014, 6:30 PM, Microsoft Conference Center

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?

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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.
Anne Arnold
P-3 Director of the Highline School District, tasked with leading the District’s strategic objective to ensure that 95% of all students in Kindergarten in 2013 and beyond meet or exceed standard in core subjects by 3rd grade.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Andrew N. Meltoff
The Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair, Dr. Meltzoff is Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.
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.
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