WSA Parent Ambassadors Successes and Media
Brief Accomplishment Summary
2013 Legislative Session
- HB1723 in progress. This bill is an opportunity for members of the early learning community to come together to figure out how to weave all of the various funding steams together.
- SB5595 in progress. This bill is about getting working connections child care program working properly. DEL and DSHS are required to fix administrative problems that have made it hard for parents to receive a subsidy and maintain eligibility.
- Both 1723 and 5595 are now sitting on the Governor’s desk waiting for signature.
2011- 2012 Legislative Sessions
- Defeated Governor’s proposal to limit access to child care subsidies to only families eligible for TANF within the first two months of the legislative session.
Early Education specific
- ECEAP program received a $2 million increase in the last budget
- Parent Ambassadors played a significant role in the passage of WaKIDS, the state’s new kindergarten readiness assessment process.
- Parent Ambassadors played an important role in garnering support for Head Start by holding site visits with members of Congress meeting with Congressional leaders. One of our Parent Ambassadors was highlighted for special recognition by Sen. Patty Murray during one of our visits to DC. The recognition starts 71 minutes in.
- Current and former Parent Ambassadors sit on key advisory groups including our state’s Early Learning Advisory Council and other advisory groups.
Child Care Specific
- Passed SB6226 authorizing child care subsidies for a full 12 months.
- Led effort to prevent cuts to the Working Connections Child Care program and increase the income eligibility from 175% of the poverty level to 200% of FPL.
- Removed a requirement that women in need of child care would have to resolve child support issues with the father prior to applying for child care subsidies.
- Was instrumental in the development of Office of Child Care’s new 12 month authorization guidance at the national level.
2010 Legislative Session
- Successfully advocated for the creation of an ECEAP entitlement so that all low income children in Washington will receive high quality early learning services by 2018.
- Successfully advocated for changes to the child care subsidy system so that the system is more child focused and friendly to providers and families.
- Advocated to prevent cuts to early learning including working connections child care.
2009 Legislative Session
- Supported nationwide effort to substantially increase Head Start funding as part of the Economic Recovery Act
- Successfully fought attempts to cut funding for early childhood education programs including ECEAP and child care
2-10-2011 KIRO - WSA Advocacy Day (parent ambassador interviewed at 37:00)
2-26-13 House Bill 1723 House Appropriations Committee Elizabeth Grillett
4-13-11 ECEAP & Working Connections, 2:47:00 April Ritter, James McBride, Surina Warren-Nash
1-26-11 TANF/Working Connections, 1:40:30 Misty Shapansky, April Ritter
1-18-11 WAKids Kindergarten Readiness, 23:00 Surina Warren-Nash, 50:00 April Ritter
1-13-11 ECEAP, 39:00:, Eula Motelet
12-8-10 Working Connections & ECEAP Funding, 19:00 Bianca Bailey & Gloria Fortune
3-1-10 Working Connections child care reform bill, 21:00 Kylee Allen
2-28-10 Working Connections child care reform bill, 38:00 Bianca Bailey & Kylee Allen
1-26-10 Including Early Learning in "Basic Education", 59:00 Kylee Allen, 1:00:56 Cecily Jenkins, 1:14:15 Elizabeth Grillett
1-14-10 ECEAP funding, 1:40:15 Gloria Fortune
1-14-10 Working Connections child care funding, 1:15:45 April Ritter (audio only)
1-13-10 ECEAP funding , 1:05:30 Gloria Fortune
1-13-10 Working Connections Child Care funding, 1:27:35 Jeanelle Rainier & James McBride
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