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Bill Expands Opportunities for Outdoor, Nature-Based Early Learning in Washington

by Jack Russillo


Washington children are now the first in the nation to have the option of attending early learning programs based entirely outdoors. 

A bill passed this year made Washington the first state in the country to allow service providers to offer full-day outdoor, nature-based early learning options to families with young children. Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5151 into law on May 13, giving his stamp of approval to a project that started in 2017 when the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) began a four-year pilot program for outdoor preschools that tested out a system for licensing nature-based, outdoor child care and early learning programs. 

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