early learning

State hauls in nearly $900M from first year of capital gains tax

BY: - November 15, 2023

Washington’s new capital gains tax brought in $890 million in its first year, state officials said Wednesday. Those proceeds, garnered from the state’s wealthiest residents, will be funneled into early learning and child care programs, and to school districts in need of dollars for construction and renovation projects. “The new funds could not come at […]

Business leaders hit the road to press for more child care investment

BY: - August 1, 2023

Washington business leaders this week are traveling the state with progressive Democrats and early learning advocates to drive home the need for more resources for child care. Members of the Association of Washington Business and the current and former lawmakers embarked Monday on a statewide bus tour to meet with child care providers and raise […]

The state’s child care gap proves tough to solve

BY: - May 10, 2023

Growing up, Shannon Edwards watched as her mom, a child care provider, was often forced to choose between maintaining her own income and keeping her center affordable for families.  Now a preschool teacher herself, Edwards understands how unfair that choice is. Still, providers make it everyday. “It takes a lot of patience and a certain […]