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SB 5904: Relating to high quality early learning

Sponsored by Sen. Hill, SB 5904 states that during the 2013-2015 biennium, the Department of Early Learning will increase enrollments in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) by 10%, subject to the availability of funds. Rates paid for early learning program enrollments must also be increased by 10%, also subject to the availability of funds. The Washington State Institute for Public Policy will conduct a comprehensive retrospective outcome evaluation and return on investment analysis of ECEAP, which will assess both short-term and long-term outcomes for participants, including educational and social outcomes. The study must also include a review of the research evidence on components of successful early education program strategies and an examination of family support services provided through early childhood programs.