Seattle is growing fast – and we need to make sure we remain a community that values diversity, fairness, and opportunities for residents and families of all backgrounds and income levels.
Young children face inconsistent care and upheaval as their teachers often leave (up to 38% annual turnover rate) for better paying jobs.
- Our early educators, mostly women, make between $11 – $14/hr, not close to the $17/hr needed to cover basic needs in our region.
High quality, consistent care at early ages plays an important role for brain development, cognitive and language development, school readiness, and sets the stage for successful early school achievement.
- Seattle lacks a certification and training program for the city’s 4,500 early educators, who need accessible, meaningful training on important issues like preventing crib death and detecting learning disabilities.
Affordable, high quality child care is an essential component of a thriving and fair economy — but Seattle child care is some of the most expensive in the U.S.
- The average single mother pays up to 52% of her income on child care, more than in-state tuition at UW.
Only Proposition 1A (I-107) addresses child care quality and affordability for all of Seattle’s children, babies to school age.
Fast-tracks a $15/hr minimum wage for early educators (phased in over three years for employers with under 250 employees) so they don’t leave for higher paying jobs at Target and McDonald’s.
Directs Seattle City Council to address Seattle’s child care crisis and sets a long-term policy goal of reducing child care costs to 10% of a family’s income, the federally recommended level.
Ensures all of Seattle’s 4,500 early education teachers have access to high quality training, such as preventing crib death, identifying child abuse, detecting learning disability warning signs, and promoting emotional development.
Enables the City to establish a Professional Development Institute to facilitate implementation of city-wide standards for early education teachers.
Prohibits violent felons from providing licensed or unlicensed child care.
Join our growing list of Yes on Prop 1A (I-107) endorsers, including early education teachers, organizations and community leaders.