The Advocate is updated in the first week of every other month September through May, containing articles relating to private school issues, representation, and local-to-national news relevant to independent schools.
As Seattle begins to emerge from the pandemic, the city’s child care providers say they are short-staffed and underfunded. DCYF has estimated 104 providers — 4,607 childcare spots — are closed, but the true count is likely larger as figures used are not current.
Deeann Puffert, Chief Executive Officer of Childcare Aware of Washington met with the early learning directors who run programs connected to K12 private schools. With over 250 early learning programs connected to private schools, WFIS’ role in providing direct access and advocacy for our programs is vital.
The $7.1 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECFP) passed as part of the latest COVID relief bill will be available for schools to purchase laptops, tablets, hotspots, and other forms of connectivity for students and teachers. Within the next two months, the FCC will open an initial 45-day application window allowing schools to seek funding for future purchases of approved services and devices.
WFIS joined more than 200 other community advocates, childcare centers, moms & families in celebrating the signing of the Fair Start for Kids Act this morning of Friday, May 7. It was an amazing gathering with SO many people who have fought so hard for many years.
WFIS shared several questions from our private school leaders’ meetings with OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal at our monthly meeting. Since the COVID crisis erupted, the opportunity for a monthly check-in has provided private schools and the state agency with greater understanding and means of collaboration.
WFIS attended today’s Washington Care and Youth Development Recovery Workgroup to gain a high-level overview of details to result from the Fair Start For Kids Act passage, the $391M in stabilization grants, and implementation of DCYF’s virtual licensing visits.
The Private School Advisory Committee (PSAC) is made up of representatives from each private school affiliate group. This committee is responsible for making comment on graduation requirements, teacher certification changes, clock hour provider changes, accreditation, and many other topics.
A round of applause for the 454 schools who filed their annual approval applications! If your school did not get an email response acknowledging completion of the application, please double check: log in to the State Re-Approval application here. Username: Email...
Each week of this unique session has generated an incredible amount of new information, bold ideas and conversations related to education policy and funding, as well as health and safety practices for reopening schools. School leaders have come together through WFIS...
WFIS values our collaboration with fellow members of ELAA on early learning issues. We make sure private school early learning directors are kept abreast of the complexities of policy and advocacy work during weekly meetings, and gain valuable insight from them about how proposed policy and changes will resonate in our schools.