Category: Policy & Community Partnerships

We’ve reached the home stretch of the legislative session! You can help us get to the finish by making calls and/or sending emails to your legislators and urging them to support investments in high-quality early learning. Reach out to your legislators by phone or email (find your legislators here, and click on their names to[…..]

  Things are moving and shaking in Olympia, and now — more than ever — it’s important that legislators hear from you. We’ve reached a crucial inflection point in the legislative session; the number of bills has been whittled down significantly as they worked their way through their respective policy committees, funding committees, and then[…..]

  There’s a lot going on in Olympia right now – and lots we can do to raise our voices. Below you’ll find some key advocacy opportunities and updates on the Early Start Act.   Advocacy Opportunities   Take 30 seconds to sign a petition urging the Legislature to make significant investments early learning!  […..]

  The legislative session marches on! Lots of early learning action to report, but first – an advocacy opportunity for one and all.   We are collecting early learning stories to share with legislators. These can be the stories of families, providers, children, community members and more. The only requirement is that they speak to[…..]

  It was another busy week in Olympia! Here are some key updates and takeaways.   Early Start update and amendments   The Early Start Bill passed out of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee. Reps. Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake), Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle), Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee), Ruth Kagi (D-Shoreline), Lillian Ortiz-Self (D-Mukilteo),[…..]

  I lived in New York City for five years, so traveling back to speak on a panel focused on racial equity in early learning was something I was really looking forward to. I still remember the passion and energy in the city around equity.   The attendees and panelists at last week’s event certainly[…..]

  By Jill Johnson Early Learning Project Coordinator & Communications Specialist Community-Minded Enterprises   Today, we wrap up Our Kids: Our Business month in Spokane. This community-wide campaign uses a bright colored pinwheel as its logo. During April you’ll see pinwheels all across the city — images on signs and banners, and shiny plastic pinwheels[…..]

  By Susan Barbeau Executive director, First 5 FUNdamentals Pierce County Early Learning Regional Coalition   Our vision is sweeping: All Pierce County children start school ready to succeed. It will take focus, commitment and collaboration to make this happen, and without structure and shared principles, our vision might never become reality. But what process[…..]

  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[…..]