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Newsletter OCT 18, 2021 Amazing Speakers at WSA Fall Meeting, Parent Leadership, Health Institute, Early Learning Workforce report and More!

October 18, 2021
WSA Fall Meeting Nov 15-16 Online! Parent Ambassadors Leadership Opportunity Health Institute Early Learning Workforce report from NHSA Links and...
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Newsletter SEP 14, 2021 – Universal Pre-K & Head Start Salary Increases, Early Learning Chess, Health Institute, and More

October 7, 2021
House Committee Passes bill creating Universal Pre-K, increasing Head Start wages and more! Early Learning Chess Opportunity Health Institute COVID...
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WSA Testimony to U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee

June 25, 2021
On June 24, our Executive Director Joel Ryan submitted testimony on the 2022 budget to the US Senate Appropriations Committee....
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Summer Directors Meeting July 19-29 – Join us!

June 22, 2021
After COVID-19: Critical Conversations On Successfully Moving Forward Even virtually, these meetings are a great opportunity to get valuable updates,...
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Newsletter – May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021
PDF Version New Supports for Families It's hard to keep track of all the things in the recently passed American...
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Huge Victories in Olympia!

April 28, 2021
Have you ever wondered whether it was worth it to make that phone call, send that email, fill out surveys,...
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Amazing Training in May and June!

April 28, 2021
We're really excited about two big virtual training events we have coming up for early learning professionals! For all our...
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Newsletter – April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021
WSA Monday Newsletter - April 19, 2021 Topics: Birth to Three Institute May 17-28 Help Scarlett's family as she struggles...
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Newsletter – April 5, 2021

April 5, 2021
WSA Newsletter 4/5/21 (pdf) This week's topics: Take Action in 20 seconds - Thank lawmakers for ECEAP investments! Head Start...
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Kinsley’s ECEAP Story

March 30, 2021
My name is Nikki and I have two beautiful children, Kinsley and Amelia. Kinsley is currently enrolled in the Lower...
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Miya’s ECEAP story

March 30, 2021
My name is Terra Bippes and I’m a mother of three young girls in Spokane. Currently I’m a stay-at-home mom...
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Newsletter – March 16, 2021

March 16, 2021
This Week's Topics: Historic investment in early learning may be on the way What the heck is the Capital Gains...
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Newsletter – March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021
This week's topics: Vaccines coming our way! Advocacy Day a Huge Success! Help us plan the May Birth to Three...
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President Biden Signs the American Rescue Plan

March 1, 2021
Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP (WSA) Applauds COVID Aid Package. Head Start Receives $1 Billion to Support...
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Newsletter – February 16, 2021

February 16, 2021
WSA Newsletter 2/16/21 (pdf) Today's topics: Take Action to support Fair Start for Kids! Advocacy Day and WSA Winter Meeting...
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Newsletter – January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021
WSA Newsletter 1/10/2021 (pdf) Today's Topics: Take Action to support Fair Start for Kids! Advocacy Day and WSA Winter Meeting...
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Newsletter – December 21, 2020

December 21, 2020
WSA Monday Email 12.21.20 Today's highlights: Governor's Budget includes good news for ECEAP Federal COVID-19 Package summary Parent Ambassadors applications...
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Newsletter – December 8, 2020

December 8, 2020
WSA Monday Email 12.08.20 Highlights today: Join your colleagues at our Meet-Ups Parent Ambassadors are AMAZING ECEAP advocacy resources Articles...
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Newsletter – November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020
WSA Monday Email 11.16.20 Highlights today: ECEAP Resources - FAQ and Messaging WSA Fall Meeting November 19-20 WSA Board Positions...
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Newsletter – November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020
WSA Monday Email 11.2.20 Highlights today: WSA Fall Meeting November 19-20 Invite us to your Policy Council or meeting! WSA...
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Newsletter – October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020
WSA Monday Email 10.5.20 Highlights today: Parent Ambassadors Applications Open! WSA Candidate Forums Partner trainings Articles and Resources
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Newsletter – September 21, 2020

September 20, 2020
WSA Monday Email 9.21.20 Highlights today: You can make a difference - learn how to register folks to vote! WSA...
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Welcome to our new website

July 7, 2020
Please enjoy all of our awesome new features.
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New Tulsa Study on Head Start

June 29, 2020
New study in Tulsa shows the lasting effects Head Start has on children through Middle School The Effects of Tulsa’s...
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Head Start on the Front Line during COVID-19

May 30, 2020
By: Joel Ryan, Executive Director. 04/10/2020. Recently I have been asked whether Head Start programs are open or closed during the...
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Parent Ambassadors in a Pandemic

May 4, 2020
By: April Messenger, WSA Parent Ambassador Program Manager. 05/04/2020. Whew! What a few whirlwind months this has been! I stepped in...
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Budget Update – 4/10/2020

April 10, 2020
Governor Inslee signed the 2020 supplemental budget last week in the backdrop of a major public health crisis caused by...
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Latest Senate Budget Invests in ECEAP

March 23, 2017
Media Release: Statement from Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP on the Senate Budget Contact: Joel Ryan or Katy Warren,...
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Take Action Now

March 21, 2017
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! The Senate released their proposed budget today and it is TERRIBLE. They are balancing the budget...
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Immigration Resources

March 9, 2017
Know Your Rights - Shareable Resources   Videos (Good for sharing on social media)   Know your rights when ICE...
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ECEAP Advocacy Action

March 7, 2017
Help us get 2700 new kids into ECEAP! We need YOUR help!  The situation:  The House and Senate leaders are...
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Thankful 4 Early Learning

November 21, 2016
Share your Head Start ECEAP story for Thanksgiving We need your help to expand our programs and reach more families! ...
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Wage and Benefit Study

September 29, 2016
Compensation & Benefits Study Washington Head Start Programs - 2016   WSA’s wage and benefit report is the first of...
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New Standard Blog

September 19, 2016
WSA Applauds Office of Head Start for New Standards Significant Changes Coming to Local Programs By Joel Ryan The Office of...
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The Long-Term Impact of the Head Start Program

August 1, 2016
The Long-Term Impact of the Head Start Program By Lauren Bauer and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach i ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AUGUST 2016...
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We are 32nd

May 16, 2016
New Report says WA is #32 in Pre-K Access FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2016 Contact: Joel Ryan,  (253) 486-9077, Katy Warren, ...
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68% Support ECEAP

April 28, 2016
Poll: 68% of Voters Support More ECEAP Funding In a new poll 68% of voters support increasing funding for ECEAP...
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192 Homeless Kids on ECEAP Waitlist

March 2, 2016
192 Homeless Children on ECEAP Waitlist FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 2, 2016 Contact:  Joel Ryan, (253) 486-9077   Latest Data Finds 192 Homeless...
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Advocacy Goals

January 27, 2016
2016 State Advocacy Goals Printable version (English& Spanish) Call your legislator!  1-800-562-6000 legislative hotline Or contact your Senator or Representative directly: app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/ What do...
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2600 ECEAP on Waiting List

December 8, 2015
MEDIA RELEASE: 2,676 CHILDREN ON ECEAP WAITLIST Bellevue, WA// December 8, 2015//                         CONTACT:   Katy Warren, 425.453.1227   2,676 CHILDREN ON...
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Head Start changes: Parent participation provides confidence

August 15, 2015
    https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/head-start-changes-parent-participation-provides-confidence/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_bottom
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Head Start: Change threatens valuable program

August 12, 2015
https://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article30927546.html
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News Tribune Federal Proposal

August 9, 2015
News Tribune Op-Ed August 9, 2015 Federal proposal threatens core of Head Start’s success Joel Ryan, executive director of the...
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Proposed Head Start changes could limit access, sideline parents advocates say

August 1, 2015
https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/proposed-head-start-changes-could-limit-access-sideline-parents-advocates-say/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left
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Head Start Performance Standards

July 23, 2015
Media Statement: Head Start Performance Standards FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 23rd, 2015 To learn more or interview Head Start staff...
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Wage and Benifit Survey

July 14, 2015
Compensation & Benefits Survey Report WSA’s wage and benefit report is the first of its kind for early education programs...
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2015 Washington State Report Card

May 17, 2015
2015 Washington Pre-K Report Card         2015 Washington Pre-K Report Card May 27, 2015 Exceeds Expectations: B...
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Early education for low-income kids buried in red tape – Jerry Large

April 16, 2015
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/early-education-for-low-income-kids-buried-in-red-tape/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left
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12 Month Authorization

April 14, 2015
Washington State Election Doesn’t Change Much: Still Stuck in a Budget Rut Unlike across the country the election is Washington...
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Jessie Goodman (PA) Testimony on House budget 2015

March 30, 2015
https://www.tvw.org/?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2015030230#start=10040&stop=10200
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Joanie Talarico (PA) Testimony on two generation programs

March 15, 2015
https://www.tvw.org/?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2015031038#start=2477&stop=2648
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WSA Compensation and Benifits Study

March 5, 2015
WSA Compensation & Benefits Study for Head Start Programs - 2015 WSA is collecting and analyzing wage and benefit data...
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Abril Goes to Olympia

January 16, 2015
https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2015011105
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Homeless Mom to Testify in Olympia

January 12, 2015
Homeless Mom to Testify in Olympia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 12, 2015 Contact:  Katy Warren, (206) 291-2021 Media Alert            Homeless...
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WSIPP Study

December 31, 2014
WSIPP Report Shows ECEAP a Great Investment In 2014, the state legislature asked the Washington State Institute for Public Policy...
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Kid Governor

December 15, 2014
Kid Governor Releases her Budget MEDIA ADVISORY ** PHOTO OPPORTUNITY FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Leigh Sims, 206-407-5525, leigh@teamsoapbox.com Event: December 15, 2014  ...
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Head Start and ECEAP Programs Receive 4 out of 5 on Quality Ratings System; Federal Grant Runs out December 2015; WSA Calls on Governor and Lawmakers to Fund Ratings System

December 9, 2014
Head Start and ECEAP Score High on Early Acheivers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday December 9, 2014 To Speak with a...
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STEM Institute

November 26, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 Contact: Katy Warren, Katy@wsaheadstarteceap.com, (206) 291-2021   Photo Opportunity/Media Advisory Preschool Children to Design...
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State Legislative Update – Washington State Election Doesn’t Change Much: Still Stuck in a Budget Rut

November 14, 2014
Washington State Election Doesn’t Change Much: Still Stuck in a Budget Rut Unlike across the country the election is Washington...
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WSA Blog – The Head Start Survival Guide: Practical Tips for Making It in a Republican-Controlled Congress

November 14, 2014
http://wsaheadstarteceap.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-head-start-survival-guide-practical.html
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WSA Blog- Did Friends Win the Emmy?

August 27, 2014
Head Start - From "Friends" to "Modern Family" Originally posted at the WSA Blog. This week the Emmys were held in...
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News Release – WA Only Spends 1% on Early Learning!

August 25, 2014
News Release - WA Spends Less Than 1% on Early Learning     For Immediate Release:  August 13, 2014  Joel Ryan,...
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Media Release – Meet the Class of 2014 – Washington’s Model Pre-K Celebrates Dramatic Gains for the Most At-Risk Students

June 4, 2014
Media Release 6/4/2014 - Meet the Class of 2028    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Wednesday June 4, 2014   Contact: Joel Ryan, Joel@wsaheadstarteceap.com, (253)...
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Book Drive for Snohomish County Early Head Start and ECEAP

April 17, 2014
Snohomish County Early Head Start and ECEAP Book Drive   We are holding a book drive to help the Snohomish...
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State & Federal Legislative Update

December 18, 2013
Legislative Upd ate 12/18/13   Good News! This week Governor Jay Inslee included in his supplemental budget proposal new funding...
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News Release: WA State Head Start and ECEAP Programs Applaud Historic Plan to Expand Preschool

November 13, 2013
Release - WSA Supports Federal Pre-K Initiative FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013   Contact: Joel Ryan, Joel@wsaheadstarteceap.com, (253) 486-9077 Katy...
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Sara Bartrum of Chelan Douglas Child Development Association named WSA Director of the Year

November 1, 2013
Sara Bartrum named WSA Director of the Year. Sara Bartrum, the Executive Director of the Chelan Douglas Child Services Association,...
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Victoria Hilt of Kitsap Community Resources named WSA Parent of the Year

November 1, 2013
Victoria Hilt Named WSA Parent of the Year Victoria Hilt from Bremerton, Washington was named Head Start Parent of the...
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Parent Emma Aubrey at Sen. Murray Press Conference

October 23, 2013
Parent Emma Aubrey at Sen. Murray Press Conference 2013 Parent Ambassador Emma Aubrey was a featured speaker at Senator Murray's...
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WSA Parents Speak at NHSA Rally for Head Start Funding

October 1, 2013
WA Parents Speak at NHSA Rally The National Head Start Association held a "Stop the Cuts" Rally in Washington DC...
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Legislative Update Letter from Joel Ryan, WSA Executive Director

May 2, 2013
Legislative Update Letter from Joel Ryan, WSA Executive Director 5/2/13 Dear WSA Members: It all started so peacefully with a...
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MomsRising Blog: Why K-12 Superintendents Want to Spend Money on Preschool, and Why You Should Too

May 2, 2013
MomsRising Blog: Why K-12 Superintendents Want to Spend Money on Preschool, and Why You Should Too Paul Nyhan wrote a...
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WSA 2013 Federal Advocacy Goals passed

May 2, 2013
WSA 2013 Federal Advocacy Goals On May 2nd our WSA Board of Directors approved new 2013 Federal Advocacy Goals for...
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News Release: Head Start Children hurt by Sequester

May 2, 2013
Media Release 5/1/13: Head Start Children hurt by Sequester FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Congress Resolves Airline Delay...
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Govenor Inslee Calls for Big Increase in Preschool ECEAP Funding

March 28, 2013
Governor Inslee Calls for Big Increase in Preschool ECEAP Funding FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 28, 2013 Governor Inslee Calls...
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Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large talks early learning

March 28, 2013
Seattle Times Columnist Talks Early Learning In the 3/28/13 edition of the Seattle Times, Jerry Large wrote a great column...
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Head Start Impact Study

February 22, 2013
Head Start Impact Study - A Flawed Assessment of Head Start Outcomes Overview Late last year, a new study found...
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You Can’t Solve the K-12 Problem without Early Learning

January 31, 2013
You Can't Solve the K-12 Problem without Early Learning For Immediate Release:       November 20, 2012 Contact:     Joel Ryan, 253.486.9077,...
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2013 Advocacy Goals

January 21, 2013
2013 State Advocacy Goals - Expand ECEAP! We have our approved 2013 WSA State Advocacy Goals, and we have an...
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News Release – Gregoire’s Budget Puts Kids First

December 18, 2012
Gregoire’s Last Budget Puts Kids First FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 18, 2012 Contact: Joel Ryan, Joel@wsaheadstarteceap.com, (253) 486-9077 Katy Warren, Katy@wsaheadstarteceap.com,...
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You can’t solve the K-12 problem without early education; Task Force should include ECEAP ex[ansion in recommendations

November 20, 2012
You can’t solve the K-12 problem without early education; Task Force should include ECEAP expansion in recommendations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE...
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Looming Cuts will Close Head Start Centers in January

October 18, 2012
ooming Cuts will Close Head Start Centers in January FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday October 18, 2012 Contact: Joel Ryan, Joel@wsaheadstarteceap.com, (253)...
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Federal Update

August 9, 2012
Federal Legislative Update - August 9, 2011 Bi-Partisan Budget Deal Set for Vote in September A bi-partisan budget deal is...
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Across the Board Cuts: 1,356 Head Start Children in WA to Be Cut Come January

August 9, 2012
Across the Board Cuts: 1,356 Head Start Children in WA to Be Cut Come January If nothing changes between now...
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No Waiting List for Working Connections Child Care

August 9, 2012
No Waiting List for Working Connections Child Care - Sign up Today! The Working Connections Child Care Program helps low...
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New Study Finds That Head Start Helps Reconnect Absent Dads With Their Children

June 14, 2012
New Study Finds That Head Start Helps Reconnect Absent Dads With Their Children   New Study Finds That Head Start...
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4,000 Working Families to Lose Child Care, Will Expand Welfare Rolls and Cost Taxpayers More

January 12, 2012
4,000 Working Families to Lose Child Care, Will Expand Welfare Roll Governor Chris Gregoire is proposing to cut 4,000 families...
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Failure of Super Committee Means Big Cuts to Head Start – 1,500 Children in Washington State Could Lose Services

November 22, 2011
News Release 11-22-11 Failure of Super Committee Means Big Cuts to Head Start - 1,500 Children in Washington State Could...
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Advocacy Alert! Special Session Could Mean Cuts to ECEAP

September 28, 2011
Advocacy Alert! Special Session Could Mean Cuts to ECEAP Governor Gregoire has called for a special session to start on...
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Take Action Now!

September 14, 2011
Take Action Now! If you’d prefer to call, NHSA has set up a toll-free number that will direct you to...
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Letter to Members from Executive Director Joel Ryan

August 29, 2011
8/26/11 Letter to Members from Executive Director Joel Ryan August 26, 2011 Dear WSA Members: I hope you are enjoying...
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Debt Limit Deal Done- House Gearing Up to Cut Head Start; Independent Factcheckers say Head Start has Lasting Impact

August 3, 2011
News Release 8-3-11 - Debt Limit Deal Done - House Gearing Up to Cut Head Start; Independent Factcheckers say Head...
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Federal Legislative Update

June 1, 2011
Federal Legislative Update - June 1, 2011 Head Start Funding As you are well aware by now, Head Start received...
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State Legislative Update

June 1, 2011
State Legislative Update - June 1, 2011 ECEAP Funding At long last our state legislature has completed their session for...
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Head Start/Early Head Start Survive Federal Budget Cuts!

April 11, 2011
Head Start/Early Head Start Survive Federal Budget Cuts After multiple delays, the U.S. House and Senate have finally agreed on...
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Senate Budget released with changes to ECEAP- Parent Ambassadors Testify at Ways and Means Hearing

April 11, 2011
Senate Budget released with changes to ECEAP - Parent Ambassadors Testify at Ways and Means Hearing The state Senate released...
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ECEAP Book Drop a great success!

April 7, 2011
ECEAP Book Drop a great success! On April 6, parents and kids from around Washington came to Olympia for a...
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One Out of Every 12 Children Served Is Homeless

March 20, 2011
Head Start and ECEAP Programs See 37% Jump in the Number of Homeless Children Being Served since Start of Recession...
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Federal Legislative Update

February 14, 2011
Federal Legislative Update - February 14, 2011 President’s Budget Good for Early Learning But Head Start Funding Remains in Jeopardy...
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Federal Legislative Update

February 14, 2011
Federal Legislative Update - February 14, 2011 President’s Budget Good for Early Learning But Head Start Funding Remains in Jeopardy...
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Contact your legislators about ECEAP Today!

January 26, 2011
Contact your legislators about ECEAP Today! As you know, the budget situation in Olympia is very dire, and we need...
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Legislative Update and Action Needed!

January 14, 2011
Legislative Update and Action Needed! Child Care Assistance in Jeopardy Several members of WSA testified in the past week against...
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Formerly Homeless ECEAP Parent to Testify in Olympia

January 12, 2011
Formerly Homeless ECEAP Parent to Testify in Olympia Eula Motelet, a parent of a child enrolled in ECEAP, will testify...
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Record ECEAP Waitlist – Parents to Testify in Olympia

December 7, 2010
Record ECEAP Waitlist - Parents to Testify in Olympia On December 8th Parents will testify at the House Ways and...
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Governor to Cut 4000 Families from Working Connections

November 10, 2010
Governor to Cut 4000 Families from Working Connections Today the Governor announced that in order to reduce the budget by...
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ECEAP Shines in Latest Report

November 9, 2010
ECEAP Shines in Latest Report This month the Department of Early Learning released a report on the Early Childhood Education...
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WSA Comments on Recompetition

November 9, 2010
WSA Comments on Recompetition WSA submitted an official comment letter to the Office of Head Start on their proposed rules...
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King-5 Interviews WSA Parent Ambassador about Working Connection

October 10, 2010
King-5 Interviews WSA Parent Ambassador about Working Connection Joel Ryan, WSA Executive Director, and April Ritter, WSA Parent Ambassador, were...
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2500 Will Lose Child Care Subsidy – Check out April’s Story

October 8, 2010
2500 Will Lose Child Care Subsidy - Check out April's Story On Oct 7 , the Department of Early Learning...
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Lewis County Head Start in the News

October 4, 2010
Lewis County Head Start in the News The Centralia Chronicle did a great article on the Lewis County Head Start...
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Programs Honored by Committee for Children

October 4, 2010
Programs Honored by Committee for Children Local nonprofit Committee for Children celebrated its 30th anniversary by honoring two of our programs -Denise...
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Parent Ambassadors Advocate for Head Start Funding in DC

October 1, 2010
Parent Ambassadors Advocate for Head Start Funding in DC WSA brought five of our 2010 WSA Parent Ambassadors to Washington DC in...
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Legislative Update, Bad News Edition

September 28, 2010
Legislative Update, Bad News Edition The State's budget is in bad shape, and we're looking at cuts in ECEAP, Working...
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Stop Playing Games with Head Start Funding

September 16, 2010
News Release - Stop Playing Games with Head Start Funding WSA issued a news release calling on Congress to stop...
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Head Start/ECEAP Legislative Update

September 10, 2010
Head Start/ECEAP Legislative Update 9-10-10 There's a lot going on in both the Olympia and Washington DC that will affect...
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Murray Comes Through for Kids; Senate Labor HHS Committee Provides $989 million for Head Start

July 28, 2010
Murray Comes Through for Kids; Senate Labor HHS Committee Provides $989 million for Head Start On July 27th, the Senate...
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Support Head Start: Write a Letter to Your Legislators

June 1, 2010
Support Head Start: Write a Letter to Your Legislators The National Head Start Association has put together an easy way...
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Military Families benefit from Head Start and ECEAP

May 28, 2010
Military Families benefit from Head Start and ECEAP With Memorial Day fast approaching, the Washington State Association of Head Start...
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Head Start/Early Head Start Budget at Risk

May 20, 2010
Head Start/Early Head Start Budget at Risk Our federal elected officials are working on the budget right now, and there...
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Head Start founder weighs in on Impact Study

May 5, 2010
Head Start founder weighs in on Impact Study Head Start founder weighs in on Impact Study In this critique of...
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Letter to WSA Members

April 13, 2010
Letter to WSA Members 4/13/10 Joel Ryan, Executive Director of WSA, wrote a letter updating our members on: The state...
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