Blog | January 23, 2020

Members Meet with Legislators in Washington State to advance ECEAP

ReadyNation members David Graybill and Michael Cade speak in support of ECEAP.

On January 21, ReadyNation members David Graybill and Michael Cade met with legislators at the Washington State Capitol to discuss the importance of increased access to the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) to help young learners start strong in school and life. Graybill also gave testimony at the House Human Services and Early Learning Committee in support of the components of HB 2661 that aim to increase access to ECEAP.

In their discussions, Graybill and Cade shared their perspectives as business leaders and how proven investments like ECEAP can increase short- and long-term benefits for children and families including stronger kindergarten readiness rates, stronger performance in K-12 education, and on-time graduation rates which leads to post-secondary success in the workforce and life.

As a business leader, I say we cannot afford to wait any longer to increase access to high-quality early learning programs like ECEAP that make a big difference for children, parents, and employers.

Mr. David Graybill, ReadyNation member

For instance, ECEAP students make significant gains over the course of their school year. Between the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019, there was a 131 percent and 105 percent increase in the number of students at or above age level in the areas of math and literacy respectively.

Additionally, research shows students who participated in ECEAP scored significantly higher in third- to fifth-grade math and reading in comparison to their peers who did not participate. Data also shows that 33 percent of children who had received six or more months of ECEAP were fully ready for kindergarten in all six developmental domains, compared to only 27 percent of other low-income children

Graybill, having served for 27 years as the CEO of Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and Cade, as Executive Director of the Thurston Economic Development Council, affirmed that the employers they know say they want skilled, innovative employees with strong work ethic.

David Graybill and Rep. Bob McCaslin, member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee discussed the important role of positive early learning teachers in young learners’ lives.

ECEAP helps build those workforce readiness skills by promoting executive functioning skills like communication and problem solving as well as hard skills like early math and literacy.

ReadyNation’s reports have examined the economic impact of the nation’s infant-and-toddler child care crisis on working parents, employers, and taxpayers. In all, the crisis costs our nation $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue. The report cites that productivity challenges affect both employer and employee, and causes employers to lose $12.7 billion annually due to child care challenges faced by their workforce. Access to quality programs like ECEAP continues to be of great importance for economic vitality for families and the community.

  • Rep. Chris Corry, member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee, and David Graybill discussed the importance of investing in our working families and future workforce.

    Rep. Chris Corry, member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee, and David Graybill discussed the importance of investing in our working families and future workforce.

  • David Graybill and Rep. Tom Dent, Ranking Minority Member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee discussed prioritizing vulnerable children and their families having access to ECEAP.

    David Graybill and Rep. Tom Dent, Ranking Minority Member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee discussed prioritizing vulnerable children and their families having access to ECEAP.

  • Michael Cade, Rep. Carolyn Eslick, Assistant Ranking Minority Member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee, and David Graybill discussed early learning as an economic development tool.

    Michael Cade, Rep. Carolyn Eslick, Assistant Ranking Minority Member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee, and David Graybill discussed early learning as an economic development tool.

  • David Graybill and Rep. JT Wilcox, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives discussed the importance of access to affordable high quality early learning.

    David Graybill and Rep. JT Wilcox, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives discussed the importance of access to affordable high quality early learning.

  • Rep. Brad Klippert, member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee, and David Graybill discussed the importance of family.

    Rep. Brad Klippert, member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee, and David Graybill discussed the importance of family.

  • David Graybill and Rep. Bob McCaslin, member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee discussed the important role of positive early learning teachers in young learners’ lives.

    David Graybill and Rep. Bob McCaslin, member of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee discussed the important role of positive early learning teachers in young learners’ lives.

  • ReadyNation Washington member David Graybill testifying in support of increased access to ECEAP in front of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee on January 21, 2020.

    ReadyNation Washington member David Graybill testifying in support of increased access to ECEAP in front of the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee on January 21, 2020.

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