Washington State Legislature Passes State Budget with Funding Increase for Home Visiting

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Seattle, Wash. (March 8, 2018) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) President Kris Perry issued the following statement on the Washington state Senate and House of Representatives passing a budget on Thursday that includes an approximately $2.3 million funding increase for home visiting programs. The supplemental operating budget now goes to Governor Inslee, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

“We applaud legislators for voting for a supplemental budget that significantly increases state funding for home visiting. These new dollars provide funding for 275 more children and families to participate in a high-impact early learning program that targets the first years of life, which are the most critical for healthy child development.

“Home visiting is a voluntary program that connects trained members of the community with families with young children to help give parents tools to promote early childhood development. This investment will help prepare children for success in school and life.

 “I recently had the opportunity to meet with Governor Jay Inslee to talk about home visiting, and I want to thank him for his leadership on this issue.”

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