ELAA’s support list is distinct from the coalition’s legislative agenda. This is a list of items that we endorse, but do not lead advocacy or policy on. ELAA members will be notified when there are critical opportunities to support advancement of these issues. View our support list (PDF).
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Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed in school and in life, regardless of their race, ethnicity, geography, ability, or family economics. High-quality early learning is a strategy proven to give kids what they need to thrive. Investing in a great start for children yields returns for all of us: more successful schools, stronger families, and more self-reliant adults prepared to contribute to a robust economy.
Child Care Aware of Washington's 2016 Data Report covers trends, child care supply, cost of care, & demand for referrals. Read the report (PDF).
Child care educators earn very low wages, child care center teachers turn over at a 43% rate, and 22% of child care businesses have closed since 2011. Without more public investment, these alarming trends will accelerate.
We call on the legislature to fund the cost of quality child care by investing $85.5 million into Working Connections Child Care center reimbursement rates. Read more here from Child Care Aware's fact sheet (PDF).
INVEST IN WORKING CONNECTIONS CHILD CARE
From Child Care Aware
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.
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).
Here in Washington, there are 536,427 children age birth through five years; 59 percent of these children live in households where all available parents are currently working. Download the Early Childhood Workforce Index (PDF).
Home Visiting: Improves Lives, Saves Money.
2017-19 Budget Request
Invest $2.7 million in state funding to sustain 210 slots a year ($1.4 million) and expand to an additional 180 slots in 2018-19 ($1.3 million). Download the complete fact sheet (PDF).
Why has Washington committed to expanding our nationally respected Pre-K program? Because decades of research, including our own Washington State Institute for Public Policy, has shown that it closes race and income gaps, reduces costs in K-12, and puts children on the path to becoming healthy and self-sufficient adults that can strengthen our economy. Download the complete fact sheet (PDF).
Increased investments in our state’s early learning system result in an important increase in quality requirements that support better child development and outcomes statewide. (Download the full PDF.)
National research shows sizable short and long term outcomes of high quality preschool. ECEAP serves our state’s most at-risk children – families below 110% of the federal poverty line, homeless,children with disabilities, and involvement in the child welfare system. ECEAP staff work with children in the classroom to get them school-ready, and work with parents to ensure the child’s health, strengthen parenting skills, and help families to do what is needed to move out of poverty and support their child’s health and education. The results are impressive, and they last.
One in 17 children under 6 in WA are homeless. One hundred sixty four homeless kids are on the ECEAP waitlist. Download the complete fact sheet (PDF).
Workforce study: Washington median annual workforce earnings across prekindergarten and elementary school (PDF).
The mission of the Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program is to work with children and families to ensure that they are ready to succeed and thrive in school and life. Since the program is not fully funded, ECEAP prioritizes children at highest risk of school failure, using income and risk factors that have been linked by research to school performance. Download complete fact sheet (PDF).