Save the Children Action Network Statement Urging Seattle City Council to Maintain Strong Investment in Seattle Preschool Program

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

Seattle, Wash. (May 30, 2018) – Save the Children Action Network President Kris Perry released the following statement today on the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy (Council Bill 119258) currently being considered by the Seattle City Council.

“As the City Council considers changes to the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy, we urge Councilmembers to maintain the strong investment of $51.9M annually for the Seattle Preschool Program and early learning proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan last month.”

“Investments in the first five years of life are a critical strategy for closing the kindergarten readiness gap for children of color and children from low-income families. Expanding the Seattle Preschool Program will help Seattle to achieve the Levy’s goals of closing the opportunity gap and promoting positive educational outcomes for all children in Seattle.”

“We also hope the City Council will pass a resolution that outlines the planned spending of the proceeds of the Levy so voters can understand what vital investments it would support.”


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