Children in Washington deserve the very best. Yet, our state only spends 1.1% of its budget on early care and education, and rakes 39th in the nation in access to preschool.
We’re Empowering Citizens of Washington to Be the Voice for Kids
The voters in Washington state overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.
When the Seattle City Council began exploring a tax on sweetened beverages in early 2017, we immediately mobilized a successful campaign to ensure that resulting revenue would support early learning programs.
We also mobilized our online supporters to support expanded funding for the Washington Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program and Working Connections Child Care subsidies, which will help more families keep or get access to high-quality early learning programs.
The future prosperity of Washington depends on our ability to support our next generation. Unfortunately many families live in what’s known as a “child care desert,” without access to affordable, high-quality child care.
The truth is, everyone benefits when children are educated. I urge everyone to call their legislators and advocate for quality preschool programs and home visiting for all Washington families.
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) speaks on the importance of advocacy
Jessica Galvez, Mobilization Manager
Jessica Galvez is the Washington State Manager for Save the Children Action Network, where she leads advocacy efforts to advance policies that improve the lives of children and families around the world.
Prior to joining SCAN, Jessica served as a director for early learning programs that support marginalized families. Her background includes over 15 years of experience directly and indirectly addressing systems-based inequities through various leadership roles in early learning and in healthcare.
Jessica graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S in Speech Language Pathology and an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Leadership.