ReadyNation Washington Members Gather to Discuss 2023 Legislative Priorities
ReadyNation member Michael Cade and Washington State Director Kristin Wiggins co-hosted a friendly and engaging luncheon for business leaders and advocates to discuss our priorities related to increasing access to high-quality early learning
For the first time since 2019, ReadyNation Washington members came together in Olympia for a thoughtful conversation about how affordable child care and early learning opportunities can strengthen our state’s economy. The lunch and discussion, held on February 1st, was facilitated by ReadyNation member and Executive Director of the Thurston County Economic Development Council, Michael Cade, and ReadyNation & Mission: Readiness Washington Director, Kristin Wiggins.
Michael and Kristin provided a primer on the 2023 legislative priorities pertaining to Washington’s high-quality state pre-k program, called ECEAP, as well as a celebration of ReadyNation members’ contributions to recent early learning victories. Earlier that day, the two also met with legislators at the Capitol to advocate for investments that could increase the accessibility and affordability of ECEAP for families across the state.
Research has shown that high-quality early learning programs like ECEAP not only support the current workforce, but they also foster the development of foundational skills that prepare kids for success in school, work, and life. To learn more about the benefits of ECEAP in Washington state, please download ReadyNation Washington’s 2023 fact sheet below.
For a broader look at the impact that child care has on the U.S. economy, you can read ReadyNation’s national report on the child care crisis, which now accounts for $122B in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue each year. This report is also available for download below.