MEDIA ADVISORY: Preschoolers and Advocates Team Up to Support Early Learning Invetsments




CONTACT: Molly O’Connor, Director of Communications, 206.769.8277,


OLYMPIA, WA – This session, state legislators are poised to make one of their biggest investments ever in our state’s youngest children and their families. The bipartisan Early Start Act (HB 1491/SB 5452) will create more high-quality child care in our state, help more families make better informed choices about the child care that’s available in their area, and, ultimately, help more children be ready for kindergarten. Tomorrow, more than 50 advocates from throughout the state will be in Olympia to voice their support for the bill and the budget needed to make it happen.


But while adults running around the Capitol campus for meetings is necessary, kids running around the campus is much cuter. MomsRising will start the day with a Pre-K 1K race with local preschoolers in support of high-quality early learning.



  • 50+ Advocates from Early Learning Regional Coalitions across the state will be on campus building support for the Early Start Act and other state early learning investments
  • 60+ preschool-aged kids and their moms from MomsRising will run, walk or toddle in the Pre-K 1K relay course on Capitol grounds
  • Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Andy Hill, Sen. Steve Litzow, and Bette Hyde, director of the state Department of Early Learning, will make a few remarks before the race



  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. – Advocates on the Capitol Campus
  • 10-11 a.m.–Pre-K 1K and remarks



  • Olympia, Capitol building at the North Steps