State Rep. Reeves appointed to child care task force

State Rep. Kristine Reeves, D-Federal Way, was recognized in Olympia for spearheading legislation to increase affordability and access to child care this year and has been appointed to the Child Care Collaborative Task Force, according to a news release. The governor-appointed task force, a creation from a new law passed by Reeves, brings together the key players in child care: the business community, parents, early learning advocates, child care providers, and lawmakers. The group is tasked with exploring new options to lower child care costs and increase access for Washington’s working and middle class families.

The group’s recommendations to the Legislature could include suggestions on employer-supported care or tax incentives, or other options not yet discussed, according to the news release.

The first meeting of the task force has not been scheduled but must occur by Sept. 1. Final recommendations to the Legislature must be submitted by November 1, 2019.

“This task force is the next step toward meaningful improvement for Washington families that struggle with that monthly childcare bill,” Reeves said. “As a working mom, I understand the difficult choices families have to make — especially when it means choosing to work and finding child care that meets their needs. Now we can begin the discussion that moves us toward a public-private partnership that puts people first, lets families find the child care that is best for their children, while achieving greater financial freedom.”

More in News

Federal Way honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebration includes special performances, food drive.

Federal Way Council to host fresh new faces

Emerging Leaders pairs students with council members who mentor youth in all things city.

Nonprofit, company at odds over preserving Weyerhaeuser property

IRG addresses concerns over first building; Save Weyerhaeuser advocates for alternative plan.

Residents at SeaTac’s Firs Mobile Home Park received a closure notice for October 31, but most have chosen to stay in their homes. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
South King County coalition targets affordable housing

Rent and housing prices hit south end communities hard; SeaTac, Tukwila, Kent, Burien, Renton and Auburn are working to create organization like Eastside’s ARCH

Rep. Reeves announces historic childcare bill

Crew of moms and kids call for ‘all hands on deck’ to champion family-friendly policies.

Rep. Reeves elected as deputy majority whip

Whips are charged with finding level of support for legislation, amendments and budgets.

Legislature welcomes one of the most diverse cohorts, including women of color

Washington currently ranks fourth in the nation in terms of gender parity in the state Legislature.

Twin Lakes students collect 200 pairs of socks for Day Center

Students met their goal two days ahead of their deadline.

Rep. Pellicciotti takes on special interests

Federal Way legislator will also introduce campaign finance reform legislation.

Most Read