Thursday, March 14, 2013

Preschoolers lobby legislators with story time "flash mob"

Earlier this week, preschoolers descended on the state capitol to help raise awareness about the importance of high-quality early learning and child care.

These young learners participated in a story time "flash mob" in the capitol Rotunda, organized by the group MomsRising. They were read a story by local children's book author Bonny Becker.

Both Governor and Trudi Inslee joined in the story time, as did several legislators including Rep. Ruth Kagi, who chairs the House Early Learning and Human Services committee.  Rep. Kagi is sponsoring a bill this session to create an integrated, high-quality birth-to-five early learning continuum in our state called "Early Start."  The bill passed the House last week and is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate tomorrow.

The Shoreline Area News covered the event.  From the article:

Rep. Kagi said, "It was a delight meeting with my youngest constituents at the 'flash mob' in the Rotunda. We seldom see the faces of the children who benefit from the high-quality early learning opportunities we are hoping to expand this session. It was a fun day talking with these young 'lobbyists'."
(From left: Trudi Inslee, Bonny Becker, Rep. Kagi and Rep. Maureen Walsh. Photo courtesy MomsRising)

Read this story in Spanish.