Blog | June 26, 2018

Senator Andy Billig Receives 2018 Champion for Children Award

Chief Craig Meidl presented the award on behalf of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

Recognizing his role in the advancement of children’s policy in Washington state, Chief Craig Meidl of Spokane County awarded Senator Andy Billig with the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 2018 Champion for Children and Youth Award on June 25, 2018.

Senator Billig is the deputy majority leader in the Washington State Senate as well as a member of the Senate Ways and Means and Early Learning and K-12 committees. He has utilized his position to play a key role in advancing several policies that benefit the children of Washington during Washington’s 2018 session, including home visiting and pre-K.

Most notable of these achievements is a $2.3 million investment towards home visiting, which increased access to these programs for 275 families – a 40% increase. Home visiting provides low-income or first time parents with support from a trained professional, like a counselor or nurse, who visits the family regularly and provides them with guidance and advice.

Quality early learning is a key issue area for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids because of the foundation it lays for kids to go on to live productive, healthy lives that are free of crime. Access to quality pre-K ensures the best possible start in life for at-risk children.

Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl, representing Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, presented this award to Senator Billig in recognition of his efforts toward preventive legislation.

We are grateful to Senator Billig for his dedication to supporting Washington families and children and his commitment to build stronger, more secure communities for our state.

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