We all have a stake in the basic services and supports that help Washington’s kids. We count on programs and services, quality schools, health care and other public goods that make Washington great. Our shared investments contribute to quality early learning, child nutrition, and other services and supports that let kids thrive.
The creation of a consolidated Department of Children, Youth and Families is an historic opportunity to improve outcomes for all children, especially those who face barriers to their healthy development and learning.
We support the proposal for a Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), with the following priorities:
Dental therapists can make dental care accessible.
Dental therapists work as part of the dental team to provide routine and preventive care.
Dental therapists can provide care to underserved kids and families in rural, low-income, and tribal communities and communities of color across Washington. They can also bring care to more kids and parents covered by Apple Health, and to those who are uninsured.
Children in Washington need dental therapists.
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is quality preschool that’s good for kids, parents and schools.
Washington has some of the highest child-care (including preschool) costs in the nation. That means some kids, disproportionately kids in low-income families and children of color, miss out on early experiences in preschool that can help them have a great childhood and thrive in kindergarten. ECEAP expands equitable access to high-quality, culturally responsive preschool.
Fact sheet: Invest $1 Million in Reach Out and Read to provide an evidence-based early learning program to 105,000 children birth through five and their families. Download the fact sheet (PDF).
Paid family and medical leave would allow workers to take the time they need for a new child or when a serious health condition strikes. Life is unexpected, but the predictability of paid family and medical leave can help. Download the complete fact sheet (PDF).
Access to paid family and medical leave strengthens our state's investments in high-quality programs (like preschool and childcare), helps close the opportunity gap, and makes it possible for all children and family to thrive. Download the complete fact sheet (PDF).
The Pre-K to Workforce Pipeline: Washington State business leaders know that we need a highly-skilled workforce to compete in the global marketplace. What might not be quite so obvious is that we must start early—focusing on young children—to achieve the workforce we need. Download the ReadyNation reports: 4-page PDF | 12-page PDF.
High-Quality Preschool in Washington State: A National Security Imperative. High-quality preschool will address the problems that disqualify 69% of Washington’s young adults from military service. Download complete report (PDF).
Draft legislation to address stability in the early learning workforce (PDF).
Access to ECEAP, a program with Quality Early Learning Can Reduce Crime. Download the fact sheet (PDF).