State Capitol, Olympia
This event is free and lunch is provided.
Celebrating the Passage of the Early Start Act & the Leadership of Dr. Bette Hyde
A celebration of Washington’s historic steps forward on early learning in the 2015 legislative sessions, and the outstanding leadership of Dr. Bette Hyde in building a high quality early learning system for Washington state.
All ages welcome. There is no cost to attend. Rain or shine.
Sunday, October 11, 2-4 p.m.
Passage of the Early Start Act is great news for parents, children, and all Washingtonians who share in the vision of every child succeeding in school and in life.
We applaud the legislative leaders for early learning in all four caucuses—Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle), Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island), Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla) and Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane)—and the many legislators who supported the Early Start Act. They have acted on the years of research showing that high quality early learning builds stronger families, better schools, more self-reliant adults and safer communities. Early learning is a necessary part of any strategy to close the opportunity gap facing too many of Washington’s children in low-income families and children of color.
Click here for photos of advocates and kids celebrating as Gov. Jay Inslee signs the Act.
Children's Alliance deputy director Jon Gould with early learning leaders Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla, left) and Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle, right) after the passage of the Early Start Act in the House of Representatives on Sunday, June 28.
Combined with a historic $158 million investment in early learning in the 2015-17 budget, passage of the Early Start Act marks a new level of commitment to early learning in Washington.
OLYMPIA—House Bill 1421, co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness), would create new dental therapists to provide urgently needed dental services on the Olympic Peninsula and in other areas across the state where oral health care is hard to get.
Siobhan Ring, Mobilization Director, Children’s Alliance, (206) 851-6475; firstname.lastname@example.org
Joaquin Uy, Communications Specialist, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, (206) 427-2999; email@example.com
Charlie McAteer, Communications Consultant, Columbia Legal Services, (917) 696-1321, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release
MON., AUG. 4, 2014 — Advocates for children and families have filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the state Supreme Court, opposing one of the Court’s proposed remedies in the McCleary v. Washington case.
The Children’s Alliance, Columbia Legal Services and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance filed the brief this morning. The brief requests that, as the state moves to comply with the Court’s ruling, it refrain from funding education in a way that jeopardizes housing and other basic services to children and families.
“If we cut social programs to pay for education, everyone’s worse off,” says Paola Maranan, executive director of the Children’s Alliance. “In addressing our failure to uphold kids’ right to a basic education, we don’t want the solution to exacerbate the problem.”