Governor Inslee at Town Hall with Moms on Early Learning Programs and Paid Family and Medical Leave Inslee, local parents and Moms Rising discuss ABCs of preparing our kids for school success, from funding basic education to the future of paid family and medical leave in Washington
Jay Inslee will be at a Town Hall event, hosted by MomsRising, for a discussion of recent wins and the future outlook for high-quality early learning programs like preschool and childcare and access to paid family and medical leave in Washington State. Governor Inslee will answer questions from local families in the audience and submitted via social media.
As Washington debates how to fully fund basic education under the McCleary mandate, the Town Hall is focusing on the ABCs—critical foundations early in life that build school success and support our families. High-quality early learning programs, like childcare and pre-k, are a fundamental part of education that lay the path for school success. Paid family and medical leave ensure that new parents have the time to transition successfully to the demands of parenthood and won’t lose paychecks when they need them most.
Local moms and families will have the opportunity to ask questions about how Washington will prioritize kids and families. Moms like Angelica Gonzalez, a local single mom with three children who knows firsthand how investing in early learning supports working families: “A small bump in my income meant I lost the child care support that was keeping my budget in line and keeping my family stable.”
Co-President and Owner of PRR, Colleen Gants, will discuss how paid family and medical leave will benefit their staff and business. The event will be moderated by MomsRising CEO and Co-Founder Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. There will be activities at the event for toddlers in tow and young kids will present Governor Inslee with an art project created at Causey’s Learning Center, to remind him of the importance of the ABCs of early learning.
Governor Jay Inslee at Town Hall Forum
MomsRising.org is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes so many others. MomsRising also advocates for better childhood nutrition, health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2013, Forbes.com named MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth year in a row and Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net” list. MomsRising also maintains a Spanish language website: MamásConPoder.org