FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Brendan Daly, [email protected], (202) 794-1580
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 10, 2018) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) announced today that it has contributed an additional $50,000 to the campaign advocating for passage of Proposition 1, which would increase funding for preschool and other educational programs in the city.
“Access to high-quality early childhood education is the best way to set up children for future success,” said Kris Perry, president of SCAN. “This is particularly true for working families and those living in poverty. The best way to ensure more of Seattle’s littlest learners receive high-quality education is to vote yes on Proposition 1.”
If it passes, Proposition 1 would sustain and expand the program so that 1,000 new Seattle Preschool Program slots will be created over time. That means that as many as 14,000 children could benefit from Seattle’s high-quality pre-K over the next seven years. Without the levy, there will not be any money to sustain the existing preschool program so no children would have access. Currently, 1,500 children are enrolled every year in the Seattle Preschool Program.
Proposition 1, known as the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy, combines and renews two expiring levies that Seattle voters have supported in years past and represents a key component of ensuring that the children furthest from opportunity have a chance to learn and thrive.
SCAN’s contribution to the Yes for Seattle Kids campaign, paid for by Families Yes, is in addition to an earlier $5,000 contribution, makes SCAN the campaign’s largest single donor.
“We look forward to continue working with community leaders over the next four weeks to ensure passage of Proposition 1,” Perry said. “All children deserve a strong start in life, and this funding will help ensure more kids in Seattle the opportunity to have one.”
# # #
Save the Children Action Network is the political voice for kids. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. That’s why we’re building bipartisan will and voter support to make sure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning and that no mother or child around the globe dies from a preventable disease or illness. By investing in kids and holding leaders accountable, we are helping kids from birth to age five survive and thrive. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.