Re: "Report dings state for poor preschool access" (TNT, 5-12).
Despite the troubling news that Washington state ranks 33rd in the nation for access to state-funded preschool for low-income 4-year-olds, there is also some good news on the horizon.
Not only is our Legislature stepping up to fund more slots for the Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP), but a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate recently endorsed the leadership of Sen. Patty Murray to include early learning in the proposed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which would replace the outdated No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
This proposal would provide a dedicated funding stream for early learning that would enable Washington and other states to expand access for kids and working families.
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Few issues are more important to our economic future than developing our next generation - our children. Research clearly demonstrates that quality early education stimulates children's language and cognitive growth while also nurturing social and emotional development and building character.
Let's keep moving our state and country forward by these smart investments that pay lifelong dividends.