Dear Governor Inslee,
As a Washington resident and a member of MomsRising.org, I am thankful for your ongoing leadership to expand access to affordable, high-quality early education and care. Early learning is a critical investment in our families, our communities, and our economy. Parents and caregivers can’t work if childcare isn’t working for them. And it shouldn’t be left up to luck alone to get access to affordable, high-quality early learning programs like childcare and ECEAP. We are experiencing a childcare crisis that is at the brink and we need big solutions that work for kids, families, early childhood professionals, and our economy.
Families know what works when it comes to our littlest learners: safe and nurturing environments, full of teachers who are well trained and fairly compensated, who reflect the diversity of our children, and meet the unique needs of every child. The truth is, families and early education professionals are stretched thin. It’s time for the state to open the doors of opportunity and invest in childcare that ALL families can access and afford, where educators make a living wage, and all children can thrive.
I hope that you will continue to do everything in your power to grow early learning opportunities for families in Washington by going big for our littlest learners and their families in your 2019 budget proposal.
Thank you for all you do for Washington families,