Category: Legislative Updates

The 2015 legislative session was an exciting one. With the passage of the Early Start Act, we invested high-quality care and made great strides toward our ultimate goal of getting every child ready for kindergarten and eliminating the opportunity gap. We have made progress, but our work is far from done. In a way, passing[…..]

Right now, we should all be proud Washingtonians!   The Early Start Act (House Bill 1491) is now on the governor’s desk, having passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, and the next biennial budget includes $158M more for early learning. As important as this historic investment in early learning is, we would[…..]

Welcome to the unofficial start of the 2015 legislative session!   Tonight, Gov. Inslee will share his vision (and 2015-17 budget) for helping all of our state’s children get a great education – and for our littlest children, a great start in life and school.   I’m particularly excited about this session. In previous years,[…..]

  We did it! And children and families win!   Last week, we asked for your help to save federal funding for proven and high-quality home visiting services that support our state’s most vulnerable children and families.   Many thanks to all of you who called, emailed and tweeted your members of Congress to support[…..]

  By Jill Johnson Early Learning Project Coordinator & Communications Specialist Community-Minded Enterprises   When I first began working in early learning I visited as many child care centers as I could. It energized me and helped me really understand this important work. I still believe the only way to appreciate what quality child care[…..]

  Overview   Session ended on March 13 as scheduled. High-quality early learning was a key topic this session. There was a significant amount of conversation about the importance of high-quality early learning as well as ensuring continuity and stability of care for our most vulnerable children, largely prompted by the Early Start bill (HB[…..]

  Week at a glance   Another cutoff! Today is the cutoff for bills to be off the floor of the opposite chamber. For instance, a House bill that has passed the House and continued to progress to the Senate floor must be voted off the Senate floor in order to be signed into law[…..]

  Week at a glance   Another policy committee cutoff hit. Today is the cutoff for bills to be voted out of the policy committee in the opposite chamber. For instance, a bill voted out the House and assigned to a Senate policy committee needs to be voted out of that committee by today in[…..]

  Week at a glance   “House of origin” cutoff. Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. was the deadline for bills to be voted out of their houses of origin. To give you an idea of the odds, about 37 percent of the bills introduced in the House passed that chamber; on the Senate side, about[…..]

  Week at a glance   Fiscal committee cutoff hit; bills still moving face more steps. Feb. 11 was the cutoff for bills that cost money to implement to be voted out of the fiscal committees. This was the second cutoff (the first being the policy committee cutoff) and was another indicator of what bills[…..]