WFIS is partnering with many early learning advocates to ensure our school’s programs are also supported.  The information below is from Erica Hallock on behalf of Start Early WA, a non-profit that works with public and private partners to promote comprehensive birth-to-five learning experiences for all children in Washington state.  Some of the proposed key investments that WFIS is collaborating on for the 2021 legislative session include:

Child Care

  • PPE ($2.2 million). Support for child care providers to purchase PPE.

  • Health Care Coverage Sponsorship Pilot ($27 million). Create a four-year pilot for early learning providers in licensed child care centers to receive a $100/month reduction in the premium for Qualified Health Plans through the Health Benefits Exchange after the individual’s advance premium tax credit is applied. This pilot would impact about 10,000 workers.


Working Connections Child Care

  • Income Eligibility Increase ($23.9 million). Increase income eligibility by 10% from 200% of the federal poverty level to 210% to serve 4900 more children in Working Connections Child Care.

  • Working Connections Co-Payment Relief ($39.7 million). Temporary change the co-pay structure to reduce the co-payment by 50% for families between 144-200% of the federal poverty level. This would impact 8600 families.


Additional Community Investments

Washington-based philanthropic individuals and major companies have moved to assist Washingtonian students and communities during the pandemic. Microsoft announced a $110 million investment for Covid-related economic and education recovery with assistance for re-opening schools.  All In WA was formed in the summer of 2020 but has already fulfilled an extensive list of grants which include support for child care providers and community organizations.  To support students with technology, school supplies, and other Covid-related needs, WFIS is seeking a grant on behalf of WA private schools who serve students that qualify for ‘free & reduced lunch’  for consideration by All in WA in January 2021.   


If you want to learn more about Start Early WA advocacy read through their most recent info Start Early WA Notes from Olympia Dec 2020.