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Bezos family gives UW $3M for early-learning research

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SEATTLE — The Bezos family has gifted the University of Washington with $3 million to endow a new professorship for early-learning research.

The news comes a week after the world’s richest man, Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos, announced his first major philanthropy project will focus on funding high-quality preschools in low-income neighborhoods.

The Seattle Times reported that the new College of Education professorship is funded by the Bezos Family Foundation, run by Bezos’ parents, Jackie and Mike Bezos and a longtime supporter of early education. Jeff Bezos is on the nonprofit foundation’s board of directors.

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