SEATTLE – The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced its support for the Seattle Preschool Program, which will appear as Proposition 1A on Seattle voter’s general election ballots.
“We’re proud to support this important step to give more children in Seattle access to high-quality preschool. Early learning lays an essential foundation for student success, and with the opportunity gap faced by students from low-income families, and especially students of color, this program comes not a moment too soon,” said Maud Daudon, the Chamber’s President and CEO.
Earlier this year, the Chamber managed planning and logistics for a trip made by a delegation of regional civic and business leaders to examine universal pre-K models in Boston and New Jersey. The organization worked with City of Seattle leaders on the trip in an effort to learn from other cities and to better inform the decision-making process here in Seattle.
“Mayor Ed Murray, Council President Tim Burgess, and their colleagues did thoughtful and in-depth work to make sure that Seattle’s entrance into universal pre-K is based on solid research” Daudon added.
Expanding access to high-quality early education is a critical step toward providing local residents with the education and skills necessary to fill the needs of the regional economy, a major policy priority for the Chamber. In addition to supporting programs that address the needs of our youngest residents, the Chamber is also working with regional partners on steps such as doubling capacity for STEM degrees, all of which strengthen our local talent pool in the long-term and enable us to remain competitive with peer cities around the world. In addition, Daudon chairs the Washington Student Achievement Council, whose mission is advance educational opportunities and attainment in Washington.
About The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.