Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Policy Papers & Issue Briefs

Innovative National Early Learning Plan Means More Opportunities for Washington State


Brains are like buildings – they start with a foundation. Birth through age 5 is a crucial time to give children the kinds of enriching experiences and environments they need to build a foundation for success – both in school and in life. But too many of our youngest learners still don’t have access to high quality early childhood education. They are missing out on opportunities that will help them thrive, and this hurts all of us.

Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning

High-quality early learning lays a foundation for a strong future. But too many young children still don’t get a chance to build the fundamental brain architecture that allows them to thrive in school and in life. Washington policymakers should:

Expand ECEAP by 1,500 children in the upcoming
biennium and work toward the legislature’s commitment
of full implementation by 2018

Make a simultaneous investment in targeted, voluntary,
comprehensive programs for infants and toddlers at
greatest risk of academic failure.

Expand Access to High-Quality Child Care Pass HB 1671/SB 5595

Science tells us that, long before they reach kindergarten, children lay down the mental foundation for future learning. When we fail to surround young children with quality opportunities to build that foundation, it’s much harder for them to catch up later. Child care providers want the best for children in their care, but they need resources to improve and maintain quality. Investments now can lead to benefits for children, families, and society in the future. Chart a path for increasing access to high-quality care that includes: