Here at Children’s Alliance, we believe that every child deserves rich, full, loving experiences from their first days of life. This legislative session, we are working to expand access to preschool because we know that early positive experiences build a path toward success in K-12 and beyond. And we know that preschool closes the opportunity gap faced by children in low-income families and children of color.
That’s why we’re part of the Cradle Through College Coalition, a broad array of advocates for student achievement, united by the vision that Washington’s education system can unleash our children’s vast potential, contribute to a healthy economy and brighten the future of all Washingtonians.
While investment, accountability and innovation are necessary at every stage along the education continuum, we see investments in high-quality early learning as vital to success later on. Early learning is education. Research backs up the common sense of parents and early learning providers: all but five percent of a child’s brain is fully developed by age 5.
Every one of our state’s 1.6 million children walks a path forward into adulthood. Here is photographic evidence of the path walked by two Children’s Alliance staff from the earliest days until the present.
With budget negotiations ahead between the state House and Senate, now’s the time to remind all lawmakers that all parts of the continuum of education—early learning, K-12 and higher education—should be stepping-stones into a solid future, supported by the basic services that kids need. You can do that here.