All children deserve the chance to succeed in life. Yet more than half of the children in Washington State enter kindergarten without the basic skills they need to thrive. Tell your state senator and representative that they need to invest in our kids during this year’s legislative session!
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.
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Washington in the News
Save the Children Action Network Applauds Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for Signing Levy with Preschool Funding
Save the Children Action Network President Kris Perry released the following statement today on Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signing the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy (Council Bill 119258).
Save the Children Action Network Applauds Seattle City Council for Passing Levy with Preschool Funding
Save the Children Action Network President Kris Perry released the following statement today on the Seattle City Council unanimously passing the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy (Council Bill 119258) and companion resolution (Resolution 31821).
Save the Children Action Network Applauds Seattle City Council for Committee Passage of Levy with Preschool Funding
Save the Children Action Network President Kris Perry released a statement today on the Seattle City Council passing the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy (Council Bill 119258) out of committee. The bill next goes before the full city council for consideration on Monday, June 18.
Mobilization Manager, Washington
After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2008, Ryan moved to Honduras to teach for two and a half years in a rural orphanage. When he returned to the United States, Ryan made a career in nonprofit social justice advocacy. He has worked on a variety of issues, including immigration reform, international human rights, preservation of safety-net programs, economic justice and environmental protection.
Prior to joining Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Ryan served as the Washington State Director of Working America, the National Organizer and Lobbyist for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and Social Justice Organizer at the University of San Francisco.
Shortly after getting married in 2015, Ryan and his wife moved to Seattle, Washington to settle down in what he says “is the best state in the country.”
Government Relations Manager, Washington
Mackenzie works to expand access to high quality early education and care for children in Washington through state and local advocacy. After spending years working on diverse policies, Mackenzie is thrilled to be focusing full-time on high quality early learning that prepares children to thrive in school and life.
Before joining the team at Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Mackenzie worked as an Early Learning Policy Associate at Children’s Alliance. She also spent over four years working as a Communications Director and Research Analyst at the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she worked on policies ranging from capital infrastructure to grant programs for economically disadvantaged schools.
Mackenzie grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Boston, Massachusetts to get a B.A. from Northeastern University. She now resides in beautiful Seattle, Washington.