Blog | August 26, 2021

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - The Washington Office

Former Washington State Director Laura Wells highlights her favorite moments working with law enforcement in Evergreen State

2006: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids opens an office in Washington state.

2007: Every sheriff and prosecutor in all 39 counties of Washington state joins as a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.

2007: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Washington holds its first press event with Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske, Snohomish County Sheriff Rick Bart, and Sumner Police Chief Colleen Wilson, who all speak in support of voluntary home visiting programs.

2010: Washington state joins in a Fight Crime: Invest in Kids initiative to publish a flurry of op-eds in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Check out member Maggie Baker’s powerful op-ed here.

2015: Members help pass the Early Start Act in Washington state, which comes with an unprecedented $158 million investment in early learning including quality child care supports and an increase in state preschool slots.

2017: Members help in advocacy efforts that resulted in tens of millions of dollars for 1,800 additional preschool slots statewide, a $1.4 million investment for home visiting programs that helped preserve services for more than 200 families in need, and legislation that maintained high standards to prepare students for the career pathway of their choice after high school, while providing districts with more flexibility to support students’ needs.

2019: Members help in securing a $34.8 million increase in state preschool (ECEAP) operating funding for over 1,000 new slots, $28.5 million in new funding, and an additional $15.5 million reappropriated for early learning facilities.

Below is a slideshow of memories from our Washington office:


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