Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Much work, some play

Rep. Ruth Kagi took a brief break from floor action yesterday to participate in a life-sized version of a “Chutes and Ladders”-style board game about early learning.  The game was hosted by MomsRising, an organization that focuses on issues related to children and families.  

Yesterday’s game, which took place on the lawn behind the Legislative Building, was meant to draw attention to the importance of funding early learning programs.  Rep. Kagi, who chairs the House Early Learning and Human Services committee, is pleased that tens of thousands of Washington children will soon benefit from a valuable preschool-to-kindergarten skills inventory.  Her bill to speed up the phasing-in of this skills inventory – called the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills, or WAKids – was approved by the legislature on Monday and is now headed for the governor’s desk. It will help teachers as well as parents know the specific strengths and weaknesses of each child, so that they can get the strongest possible start to their educational careers.  You can read more about the bill and WAKids here and here.

Rep. Kagi takes a few steps forward while her co-players look on.
Photo courtesy of MomsRising

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