Surrounded by children, Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed bills to help kids on both ends of the education spectrum: a comprehensive new early learning bill and a measure that will cut college and university tuition.
The Early Start Act makes the state's quality-rating system mandatory for licensed child care facilities that receive state dollars. It also provides money for training of teachers, coaching and technical assistance to help these child care centers reach a higher rating. Participation by centers and day care homes that do not receive state dollars continues to be voluntary.