Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!

The Senate released their proposed budget today and it is TERRIBLE. They are balancing the budget on the backs of 3 and 4 year old children.

The budget does the following to ECEAP: 

  • Adds no new slots for 2017-2019.
  • Cuts ECEAP by $54.2 million in 2019-21 by eliminating 3 year olds from the program.

Our ask is: 

  • 2700 full, extended and part-day slots 
  • 16% cost per child rate increase 
  • $26 million for facilities 


Please contact your state Senator (and representatives!) and let him or her know what a DISASTER this will be for Washington State.

  • Call the hotline, 1.800.562.6000. They have Spanish interpreters!
  • Send an email: To find out your legislators’ names, type your address into the districtfinder, and click through to find their info.

Messages could include:

  • Investments in K-12 will NOT be successful if we don’t also invest in ECEAP. Kids who start behind, stay behind, and ECEAP closes those gaps before they arrive in Kindergarten.
  • ECEAP WORKS, which is why the legislature has committed to reaching all children who qualify. This budget does the OPPOSITE.
  • (Personalize) We need MORE children in ECEAP. High quality pre-k like ECEAP/HS is important to my child/ren and my family because . . .
  • Programs rely on 3 year olds to keep rural classrooms open, and with our very high risk population 2 years of ECEAP is much more effective than one year.

Take action NOW!