Poll: 68% of Voters Support More ECEAP Funding

In a new poll 68% of voters support increasing funding for ECEAP so that the program can serve all eligible children. The poll conducted by Elway Research took place April 14th through April 17th with 503 registered voters across the state of Washington. It had a 4.5% margin of error.  This is the first ever poll gauging support for ECEAP and demonstrates deep and bipartisan support for the program.

Some interesting findings include:

  • 90% of voters ages 18 to 35 support increasing funding for ECEAP;
  • 84% of Democrats support increasing funding for ECEAP;
  • 68% of independent voters support increasing funding for ECEAP;
  • 43% of Republican voters support increasing funding for ECEAP (with 26% saying that they strongly support increasing funding for ECEAP).

Survey respondents were asked the following question: 

The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program is Washington’s prekindergarten program serving at-risk three and four year olds and their families.  This program provides preschool education, health services, intensive family support, plus parent involvement and training.

The program, which is funded and administered by state government, currently serves 11,600 children of the nearly 20,000 who are eligible.  Would you support or oppose additional state funding for The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program?

A copy of the complete results is available here.

This poll comes at a critical time as the Governor and lawmakers seek to expand the number of children served by ECEAP by the legislative entitlement deadline of 2020 in the next session. To meet the deadline we would need to add about 2,000 additional children each year for the next four years.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 28, 2016

Contact:

Joel Ryan, (253) 486-9077

Katy Warren, (206) 291-2021

 

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