Dear friends and neighbors: When the Legislature met earlier this year, one of our top priorities was addressing access to affordable, high quality childcare. It is one of the biggest issues facing families here in Kitsap and around the state. The childcare system was in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic and after more than a year of economic disruption, it is on the brink of collapse in many communities. Estimates show working parents in Washington lose out on $14 billion a year in wages due to the lack of childcare access.
A Fair Start