As we dig into a legislative session in the middle of an economic crisis, with bad news coming out of the woodwork, it’s inspiring to see a few bright spots that offer children and families hope for lasting change.
Until now our state's education policy has been based on the assumption that a basic education starts at kindergarten. But study after study is finding that kids’ brains and their futures are being molded years before they set off for their first day of "school". Kids who don’t get access to high-quality preschool, usually low-income children, start school behind, and many stay behind.
Yesterday morning we sent out a message to the Children’s Alliance Early Learning subscribers about proposed legislation that would raise early childhood education to an unprecedented height in Washington State.
This legislation would redefine basic education to include preschool for children in low-income families. If it passes, the state will be obligated to provide enough funding for the Washington Head Start program to serve all eligible 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds that choose to enroll. Passing this legislation would be a big leap toward equal opportunity for kids in Washington.