Creating Affordable and Quality Childcare in Washington State
3 of 4 low income children are not ready to enter kindergarten (Only 25.5% of low-income children in the greater Spokane area demonstrate characteristics of entering kindergartners in 6 of 6 domains.) Early education is outrageously expensive leaving parents in a bind to either choose work or stay at home and teach. Washington’s average infant child care costs $4000 more per year than in-state tuition for 4-year public college. these costs lead to neglect and abuse, with Spokane’s child abuse and neglect rates coming in 52% higher than the state average. There need to be more affordable ways for low income families to provide quality and safe childcare.