Save the Children Action Network Applauds Seattle City Council for Committee Passage of Levy with Preschool Funding

Media Contact: Allie Wright, [email protected], (202) 794-1823

Seattle, Wash. (June 11, 2018) – Save the Children Action Network President Kris Perry released the following 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.

“I applaud the Seattle City Council Select Committee on the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy for advancing a balanced levy package that would invest in early learning, including expanding the Seattle Preschool Program by 1,000 slots and making new investments in child care.”

“In particular, I want to thank Select Committee Co-Chairs Councilmember Lorena González and Councilmember Rob Johnson for all of their work to craft a thoughtful package that makes significant investments in Seattle’s early learners while supporting the full education continuum. They have both committed many hours to collaborating with their colleagues on the council, community based organizations, advocates and Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office to create a plan that would support Seattle’s children and youth.”

“As the city council continues work on the companion resolution to the FEPP Levy, I urge councilmembers to reaffirm the strong support for early learning we heard in the Committee meeting today by passing legislation that shows the majority of money raised by the levy would go toward early learning.”

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