House committee approves kindergarten readiness bill sponsored by Rep. Kelly Chambers

In a unanimous vote last week, the House Human Services and Early Learning Committee approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Kelly Chambers that seeks to inform more families about kindergarten readiness standards.

In the 2017-18 school year, just over 46 percent of children who participated in the state's kindergarten readiness assessment, known as WaKids, demonstrated readiness in all six domains of the assessment: social-emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy, and math.

Under House Bill 2865, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) would be tasked with developing a guide for parents and caregivers to help prepare children for kindergarten. The guide would be posted on the OSPI's website in the top 10 languages spoken by families enrolled in the K-12 school system. Additionally, the OSPI would be required to provide an electronic brochure of the guide at no cost to state agencies that provide or contract for direct services for parents, caregivers of dependent children, and guardians of 3- and 4-year-olds.

“As a mom and as the aunt of nine nieces and nephews, I often find myself thinking about ways we can ensure our young people are prepared to succeed in school and in life,” said Chambers, R-Puyallup. “Providing more families with information about kindergarten readiness standards is just one way we can do that. I'm grateful for the strong, bipartisan support House Bill 2865 has received so far this session. I hope we can get it to the governor's desk and take an important step forward in helping our little ones build a solid foundation for their futures.”

House Bill 2865 awaits further action in the House Rules Committee.

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