Members Meet with Washington State Legislators
Quality preschool and afterschool programs are top priorities for Mission: Readiness & ReadyNation
Mission: Readiness & ReadyNation Washington Director, Kristin Wiggins, and one of ReadyNation’s founding members, Mike Edwards, hosted a luncheon meeting for members from across the state on Friday, February 1st. Over lunch, those in attendance received a quick primer on what is happening in Olympia and a status update on key issues. They also discussed ways our Mission: Readiness and ReadyNation members are currently making a difference.
The top two issues discussed were state-funded preschool, known as ECEAP in Washington, and quality out-of-school-time programs, or expanded learning opportunities (ELO). In the next state budget, it will be important to increase funding for both of these programs to improve their quality and reach more children and youth who are eligible, but not currently served. On Friday, two of our members took this message to state lawmakers themselves. Mike Edwards was joined by retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Bud Blake, representing Mission: Readiness.
As a grandfather and former employer, I know that high-quality early learning, like ECEAP, helps young learners develop.
Mr. Mike Edwards, ReadyNation member