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House Bill Would Be an Investment in Washington State’s Children

Posted by lorip at Mar 14, 2013 02:40 PM |

Children need opportunities to grow into strong leaders, workers, and parents that will shape the future of Washington state.  House Bill 1723, which strengthens our state’s early learning system, provides an opportunity for lawmakers to invest in children and create equal access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

The research is clear – the first five years of a child’s life are critical to their success in school and beyond. Building an affordable, high quality early learning system is an investment that reaps substantial returns: children develop the social and cognitive skills they need to succeed in school and beyond; parents have access to the care they need to work and support their families’ economic security; businesses benefit from the development of a high quality workforce; and the economy benefits when more children are able to thrive and reach their full potential.

HB 1723 strengthens our early learning system by:

  • Creating a more integrated and streamlined early learning system to improve access, affordability, and quality for Washington state’s children and families;
  • Expanding access to Washington state’s preschool program, the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program; and
  • Increasing the subsidy rate for Working Connections Child Care so more low income children and families have access to affordable, high quality care.

HB 1723 will be heard in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee tomorrow morning.   See our recent analysis Early Learning is Key to a Prosperous Economy for background on a key element of the bill.

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