Child Care

Senator Murray understands that many families struggle to provide adequate childhood for their children while working to make ends meet.

“Every parent wants his or her child to succeed. Unfortunately, for many of Washington State's working parents – particularly those with infants or who work night shifts – childcare is either too expensive or not accessible. We must make critical investments on the state and federal level to ensure that no child is left behind.”
- Sen. Patty Murray

Budget shortfalls in Washington state have resulted in cuts in eligibility for many low-income families seeking quality childcare for their children. Senator Murray has worked actively towards improving the quality of child care and helping more kids access Head Start. Senator Murray believes that high quality early education efforts can help all kids start school ready to succeed. Murray opposes moving Head Start to the Department of Education and supports increased funding for this critical and successful program.

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