Opinion Research

Thrive regularly checks in with Washington voters to find out what they know about early learning; if they think it’s vital to school and life success; and if they support key efforts and programs in the state to help young children and families.

Here are some highlights from the 2017 Voter Poll:

  • WA voters recognize early years as essential: 93% of voters agree — The “first five years” of a child’s life have a significant impact on future school and life success. At least 90% of every demographic subgroup agrees with this statement.
  • But WA voters also recognize that too many kids are not “Kindergarten Ready” by age 5: Nearly 7 in 10 voters believe that no more than half of all children are ready to start kindergarten
  • Early learning is an actionable priority for WA: Voters rated affordable/quality childcare and preschool an “urgent” priority (27%), right behind K-12 education and healthcare (28%).
  • Between 2014 and 2016, voter support grew between 5 and 12 percentage points for key WA state early learning efforts: home visiting, infant and toddler programs, affordable child care for working families, and expansion of high-quality preschool.

2017 Voter Poll

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