Early Learning Now
In June 2009 Governor Chris Gregoire directed her key education staff to develop a proposal for the 2010 legislative session to ensure that all Washington children and their families have the benefit of early childhood eduction. The drafting team is convened by the Director of the Department of Early Learning, Bette Hyde and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn. The Early Learning Action Alliance submitted an initial, detailed letter to the drafting Team.
In this June 8th, 2009 letter Governor Gregoire directs the Superintendent of Public Instrucation and Director of the Department of Early Learning to create a proposal for the state's role in early learning. The action follows the Governor's veto of the inclusion of early learning in the new definition of Basic Education passed by the legislature in 2009.
Champions for Children are state lawmakers recognized by the Children’s Alliance for their outstanding service on behalf of children. Each Champion for Children provided significant leadership during the 2009 state legislative session in preserving, protecting, or advancing state policies or investments that will improve the well‐being of vulnerable children in Washington.
Read a detailed review of how the legislative priorities of the Early Learning Action Alliance fared during the 2009 session.
May 19, 2009—Governor Chris Gregoire today vetoed the section of the Basic Education Bill (House Bill 2261) that stated the intent to provide preschool for at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds as part of the state’s definition of basic education. As part of basic education preschool for this group would eventually have been funded on a per pupil basis in the same way K-12 education is funded.
Here's a review of the proposed early learning funding in the 2010 proposed federal budget.
The Children's Alliance 2009 Early Learning policy paper lays out our priorities for the 09 legislative session: protect investments in our youngest learners.
The Children's Alliance 2009 Legislative Agenda lays out our top priorities in this tough legislative session.
Learning begins at birth. Every experience children have, from their earliest months, shapes the basic structure of their brains.
Our goal is to create an early learning system in Washington that supports families by making sure they have high-quality options for their children’s early care and learning—whether their children spend their days at home, in formal childcare, or with family and friends.
2008 Legislative Agenda in Spanish
2008 Legislative Agenda
The 2007 Washington State Legislative Session brought new investment in Early Learning.
Family, friends, neighbors need more support for care they give