Letter: Early learning investment pays off

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on Washington state. There are difficult days ahead. During this tough time for our state, I wanted to acknowledge some positive news.

As a home visitor and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) volunteer, I’m grateful our state Legislature made investments in early care and education this legislative session.

Working with low-income families in rural communities has made me aware of many challenges that they face such as, lack of child care, support resources, and even locally available pediatricians. This increase in funding will help families that are already in need and most likely to be impacted by the economic consequences of this global health crisis.

I want to thank Gov. Inslee, Rep. Lisa Callan, Sen. Tana Senn and Sen. Claire Wilson for their support and leadership in prioritizing investments to early care and education. Early learning changes lives. Investments made toward early learning programs and services are the best way to disrupt the intergenerational cycles of homelessness and poverty.

While these investments are a meaningful step in the right direction, there will be a great need next legislative session.

Rochel White