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State works to align standards for early learning

Assistant teacher Maria Leal-Guzman explains the importance of washing hands to her students at Willard Early Learning Center in Tacoma.
Assistant teacher Maria Leal-Guzman explains the importance of washing hands to her students at Willard Early Learning Center in Tacoma. File/ Staff photographer

Advocates of early learning throughout Washington state will host a series of meetings designed to help align childcare licensing and standards for ECEAP, the state-funded preschool program, under the state’s Early Achievers system.

Passage of the Early Start Act this year prompted action by the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) to align the standards.

“The historic legislation will ensure that children in all of Washington’s diverse communities have equitable access to the same high standards of quality care and education,” DEL Director Ross Hunter said in a news release.

To kick-start the development of aligned standards, several agencies are hosting meetings throughout the state to gather public input. A meeting will be held in Tacoma Monday Nov. 16 at the Topping Hope Center Boys and Girls Club, 3875 S. 66th St. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Meeting organizers ask that if you plan to attend, you RSVP to susanb@first5fundamentals.org by Thursday Nov. 12.

For more information, visit del.wa.gov/government/EarlyStartAct.

Debbie Cafazzo: 253-597-8635, @DebbieCafazzo

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