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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 19, 2015) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) today launched a voter contact campaign, including direct mail to more than 130,000 households in King County to support Best Starts for Kids, King County Proposition 1.
“Best Starts for Kids would provide more King County children with early learning opportunities and further Washington’s status as a leader in this issue,” said Mark Shriver, president of SCAN. “I urge residents to vote for this initiative because these early learning interventions are the most effective way to ensure our kids are put on a path to success.”
Best Starts for Kids would create new early learning and intervention programs in King County for children age 5 and under, and help families best prepare children to succeed in school by expanding access to early learning and home visiting programs. By focusing on early development, with strategies such as increased access to affordable, healthy foods and flexible funding for families and youth to prevent homelessness, we can better prevent crises from occurring and create communities that reinforce their early progress.
Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott is the sponsor of Best Starts for Kids, which passed the King County Council by a 8-1 vote in July.
Best Starts for Kids will deliver safer, healthier communities and a better-prepared workforce. Studies show increased investments in early childhood result in increased numbers of babies born at healthy weights, reduced numbers of abused, neglected and homeless children and decreased numbers of young people in the criminal justice system.
In addition to direct mail, SCAN volunteers are also participating in a phone bank campaign to encourage voters to support Best Starts for Kids. The voter contact campaign launches today in King County and will last through Election Day, Nov. 3.
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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.