Last fall, Seattle voters approved the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy. Today, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed the plan into law, as well as partnership agreements with Seattle Colleges and Seattle Public Schools, in a press conference held at Northwest Center Kids at Chinook, downtown.
The goal of FEPP is to provide high-quality early preschool, investments in K-12, wraparound educational services, and tuition support for college to help ensure that every Seattle child will be able to complete a post-secondary education or job training. “If we do right by our kids,” said Mayor Durkan, “we do right by all of us.”
Katrina Caron, Director of Early Learning Programs for Northwest Center, also spoke at the press conference, as did Councilmember M. Lorena González and Seattle Colleges Chancellor Shouan Pan.
“Northwest Center supports children and families of all abilities,” Caron said. “We have an early intervention program, employment services, and businesses that fund our programs. We offer early learning services at two schools including here at Chinook, and our IMPACT™ program is now bringing inclusive early learning to centers throughout King County. We have really enjoyed our partnership with the Department of Education and Early Learning as participants in the Seattle Preschool Program, and we are very excited about the possibility of expanding our partnership.”
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