The House just passed HB 1370 which makes critical updates to the Early Learning Facilities Fund. An amendment was included to rename the fund’s accounts after former Rep. Ruth Kagi, CCF’s co-chair and game-changing champion for children, youth, and families. We can’t think of a better way to honor such a powerful legacy, and are thrilled to share these clips of the celebration from the floor debate.

Congratulations, Ruth — and THANK YOU for all that you do for Washington’s kids!

The Fair Start for Kids act is a multifaceted approach to solving the #childcarecrisis in our state. This bill would make childcare affordable, increase access, and restart our state’s economy. We are thrilled to see CCF-endorsed candidates working tirelessly to pass this important bill. Special shout-outs to Senators Claire Wilson, T’wina Nobles, and Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig for their powerful words on the Senate floor.

By Jess Agi and Ryan Murphy//Published in the Tri City Herald

As our state – together with our nation – grapples with the devastating impacts of a global pandemic, economic crisis, and reckoning with systemic racial injustice, the Washington State Legislature must come to the realization that investment in early childhood education (ECE) is a vital part of how we can move forward.

Click here to read the rest of our latest op-ed in the Tri City Herald.

Jess Agi is the Executive Director of the Children’s Campaign Fund. Ryan Murphy is the Associate Director of State and National Campaigns for Save the Children Action Network, and a current Children’s Campaign Fund Board Member.