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House Bill 1723: A Smart Investment in Washington State’s Future

Posted by lorip at Mar 26, 2013 01:20 PM |

House Bill 1723 would streamline and strengthen our early learning system, one of the best investments for Washington state's children, families, businesses, and the economy.

The bill is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education tomorrow, and would support:

  • The academic, social, and emotional development of children.  The first five years of life are a critical stage of learning and development for children.  Investing in a strong early learning system increases the likelihood of them doing well in school, graduating from high school, and attending college. HB 1723 would expand high quality early learning opportunities for children, especially those from low income families. 
  • Workforce development. Children who receive high quality early education develop skills that prepare them for work as adults.  A strong early learning system is increasingly recognized as the best workforce development program for states and countries. 
  • Working families.  The cost of child care is often as much, or more, as a mortgage or rent, making it unaffordable for many families.  When parents receive Working Connections Child Care (WCCC), our state’s subsidized child care program, they are more likely to work and meet the basic needs of their family, often without additional state assistance. HB 1723 would increase the subsidy rate for WCCC, improving quality in the early learning system and making care more accessible and affordable for working families (see graph).



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