The Children’s Alliance and other Early Learning Action Alliance members are celebrating a hard-earned victory today.
The Legislature has passed a bill that takes a step toward making early learning for infants and toddlers a top priority as our state builds and strengthens pre-kindergarten.
House Bill 2867 updates state law with findings about how significantly early learning programs in the first three years of life can boost children’s chances of succeeding in school. It also:
- Adds a requirement to provide services to infants and toddlers, their parents, and caregivers into the statutory duties of the state Department of Early Learning;
- Requires the Department of Early Learning, with others, to prepare a plan to provide a continuum of services to infants and toddlers by December 2010, and;
- Requires the plan to have recommended funding levels to be presented to the Legislature.
The bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk. We strongly urge Gov. Gregoire to sign HB 2867. The sooner we provide early education services to our littlest learners, the more likely they’ll be to start kindergarten ready and eager to learn.
– Liz Gillespie