The Early Learning Action Alliance looks forward to working with state policymakers to achieve the following policies and funding in the 2019 Legislative Session. These priorities will improve child outcomes and move Washington closer to a state where every young child has equitable access to the opportunity to succeed in school and in life.
2019 Legislative Session
Join us for an energizing and powerful day of action! Including:
Washington voters support the Legislature authorizing dental therapy this year, according to a statewide poll released today by the Washington Dental Access Campaign.
The state legislature is currently considering House Bill 1317, a measure that would allow dental therapists to practice and be trained in Washington state.
The poll, conducted by Patinkin Research Strategies March 7-11, shows 62 percent of Washington voters in support of dental therapy to provide routine, preventive oral health care.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Monday, March 11, 2019
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Washington ranks as a top state for babies, according to a report released today by early childhood development nonprofit ZERO TO THREE and children’s research organization Child Trends. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 is a first-of-its-kind resource that looks holistically at the well-being of America’s babies, providing a national snapshot and comparisons across states. The Yearbook compiles nearly 60 indicators—specifically for children ages 0 to 3—to measure progress across three policy areas: Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences.
Inadequate Working Connections Child Care subsidy reimbursement rates are standing in the way of access to affordable, high quality early learning opportunities for Washington’s young children and families. Invest in strong families and communities by increasing child care subsidy rates for infants and toddlers to 75 percent of the market rate.
Capital Investment for Early Learning
The Need for Child Care Facilities
• Many families face daunting waiting lists for child care and are unable to work due to the lack of accessible, affordable child care.
• Lack of financing for facilities and capital improvements restricts the ability of child care and pre-school programs to expand.
Doctors partnering with families to build language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that prepare children for kindergarten.
When doctors give children books and teach their parents to support language, literacy, and math at home, children develop critical skills that set the stage for success in school and life.
For healthy development, it’s imperative that babies and toddlers have the strongest learning experiences possible through high-quality early opportunities. Washington state policymakers, child care providers, and advocates have worked diligently on improving child care quality in Washington to give kids a strong start.
OLYMPIA—Legislators have a solution to Washington state’s shortage of oral health providers: authorize dental therapists to work all across the state.