Children’s Alliance was pleased to join Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on a tour of St. Anne’s Children’s and Family Center in Spokane Thursday. St. Anne’s is an early adopter of Washington state's Quality Rating Improvement System, Early Achievers, which is raising the bar for child care centers and early-learning programs throughout our early childhood education system.
This is an important time to build support for state-federal partnerships that fund early learning programs critical to closing the opportunity gap. Federal grant programs that fund child care and home visiting are up for reauthorization, and more resources are needed to ensure that every child has access to early learning programs that will help them thrive.
Rep. McMorris Rodgers, who is the Chair of the House Republican Caucus, knows the importance of early learning. “Our children deserve safe, developmentally appropriate learning experiences and care, and I know that these essential early years are the most impactful. Compassionate child care offers a meaningful source of stability for today’s hardworking families, which is of great value in Washington State. Without a doubt, early learning helps shape a child’s development, which sets them on a path for future success,” she said Thursday.
[Above: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, center, at St. Anne’s Children’s Center; the Congressmember toured the center in the company of business leaders, child care professionals and public policy advocates.]