Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Shoreline) announced yesterday that she won’t be seeking re-election after 20 years in the state Legislature.
Rep. Kagi’s energy and vision for nurturing the children, youth and families of Washington state is a legacy few will ever match.
While Rep. Kagi has said that she isn’t done yet fighting for what’s best for our state’s children and families, we want to thank her for just a few of her many, many contributions.
Thank you for helping to create the Home Visiting Services Account, which became a national model and a key way for our state to reach thousands more children and families with the earliest supports. Thank you for championing the Early Start Act and the Department of Children, Youth and Families and always looking for new ways for our state to do even better. Thank you for always making the time during session to help kick off Early Learning Advocacy Day and create a welcoming environment for parents, child care providers and community leaders. Thank you for your many years on the Thrive WA board.
And thank you for being a constant learner about early learning, pushing us all to innovate, and fighting for as many dollars as possible to make what’s right for children and families a reality. Because of you, there were many reasons for big celebrations over the years. Your work will carry forward with leaders in both the House and Senate.
You truly are the godmother of early learning in our state.
Picture: 2017 bill signing for the new Dept. of Children, Youth and Families