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WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 22, 2015) — Save the Children Action Network today praised the Washington state legislators who sponsored the Early Start Act. The House bill, introduced yesterday, would make high-quality early childhood care and education programs available to more children in Washington. A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the state Senate today.
“We applaud the bipartisan group of legislators who are working to make high-quality early childhood programs a reality for our youngest citizens. The Early Start Act makes significant progress in Washington’s efforts to ensure that all of its children have equal access to high-quality early learning programs, regardless of their economic background,” said Mark Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network. “Research shows a child’s brain is ninety percent developed by age five, and the legislation proposed this week reflects an understanding that quality early learning programs are one of the most effective ways to provide all children an opportunity to succeed, which in turn benefits our families, economy and the country.”
“Every child deserves a strong start to life, and that includes access to high-quality child care for kids from all economic backgrounds,” said Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network. “Save the Children Action Network applauds President Obama for reinforcing his administration’s commitment to investing in kids by calling for an expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. The President was exactly right when he said quality child care is a national economic priority and expanding access to more kids is a critical step toward securing a better future for all American children.”
The Early Start Act seeks to strengthen and expand access to existing early education and childhood programs. The House bill, HB 1491, is sponsored by Representative Ruth Kagi, a Democrat. The Senate companion bill, SB 5452, will be introduced by Republican Senator Steve Litzow. Both versions of the legislation have an array of bipartisan cosponsors, signifying the broad-based support in the legislature for investing in kids and increasing access to high-quality early learning.
About Save the Children Action Network
Founded by Save the Children in 2014, Save the Children Action Network is a new organization dedicated to mobilizing Americans around a commitment that cannot wait — investing in early childhood now. Established to expand Save the Children's capacity to transform young lives, Save the Children Action Network engages our government, businesses, partner organizations and supporters to take bold action and to hold our elected leaders accountable for the youngest, and too often forgotten, global citizens — our children.