Updates on our Legislative, Policy and Committee work
The answer may hinge on a case now before the Supreme Court.
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.
Researchers have created bite-size models of molecules that kids can safely use in their mouths to easily feel using their tongues to be as recognizable as using eyesight. Baylor University lab said one goal of their research is to help visually impaired students in high school better understand the basic principles of biochemistry.
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.
The agency is also expected to issue an emergency authorization for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds next week. The companies have said that they plan to file for emergency authorization for 2- to 11-year-olds in September.
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.
Today the Governor held a press conference to announce that no county will move back — or forward — in the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan for at least two weeks. Pausing the Healthy Washington plan means all 39 counties can remain in their current phases, and all...
Teachers told NPR they feel a growing chasm in their communities: Parents want schools to open, but teachers first want to make sure it’s safe. Many feel that they are not being included in these conversations and that their concerns aren’t being taken seriously.
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.