Sponsored by Sen. Hill, SB 5904 states that during the 2013-2015 biennium, the Department of Early Learning will increase enrollments in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) by 10%, subject to the availability of funds. Rates paid for early learning program enrollments must also be increased by 10%, also subject to the availability of funds. The Washington State Institute for Public Policy will conduct a comprehensive retrospective outcome evaluation and return on investment analysis of ECEAP, which will assess both short-term and long-term outcomes for participants, including educational and social outcomes. The study must also include a review of the research evidence on components of successful early education program strategies and an examination of family support services provided through early childhood programs.
SB 5904 was signed into law by the Governor.