Vote yes on King County Prop. 1 | Letter

Every child is born with unlimited potential. As Executive Director of LifeWire—Washington State’s largest comprehensive domestic violence service agency — I see it in the children who walk through our doors.

Every child is born with unlimited potential.

As Executive Director of LifeWire — Washington State’s largest comprehensive domestic violence service agency — I see it in the children who walk through our doors. They are testaments to the fact that when we intervene in abusive and adverse environments and introduce positive and healthy experiences to children at a young age, kids can live up to their fullest potential.

Yet Washington State continues to fall short in preparing at-risk youth to lead healthy and productive lives as adults.

More than 30,000 students in Washington State are homeless — a 50 percent increase from just six years ago.

Washington ranks among the worst in the extent of child homelessness. Meanwhile, our graduation rates have declined since 2000, and continue to lag behind national averages.

When children grow up without a home, they are four times more likely to show delayed development, and are twice as likely to have learning disabilities as their non-homeless peers. Every child needs quality supports and healthy environments to thrive—and at-risk children from disadvantaged environments are least likely to get them.

Fortunately, there are proven, low-cost and high-impact investments we can make from birth to age 5 that have greater returns on a child’s education, health and productivity. These early intervention programs are not only effective, they also have the greatest return on investment.

This November, the Best Starts for Kids initiative will make its way onto King County voters’ ballots. The proposed levy would provide much-needed funding for prevention and early intervention programs designed to increase the number of youth who reach adulthood healthy and ready to succeed.

As a King County resident and a leader in the domestic violence and homelessness community for more than 30 years, I urge you to vote yes on Best Starts for Kids.

Executive Director of LifeWire Barbara Langdon

More in Letters to the Editor

What about inequality? | Letter

One drawback with having so much of the media controlled by billionaires… Continue reading

Funding solution | Letter

Easy way to get rid of King County funding struggles: get rid… Continue reading

Fraudster-in-Chief | Letter

In October 2016, a neighbor explained to me he was supporting then-presidential-candidate… Continue reading

Country Village is a wonderful place | Letter

Is anyone still outraged by the soon-to-be destruction of Country Village? I… Continue reading

Thank you Rep. DelBene | Letter

The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act has just… Continue reading

A missed opportunity | Letter

Your article (“Let’s talk about race,” Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Dec. 14) missed an… Continue reading

Protecting your packages | Letter

Regarding the article on package porch pirates (Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Nov. 30), there… Continue reading

Kudos to the postmaster | Letter

I used to dread going to the Bothell Post Office. It was… Continue reading

Washington State Stadium | Letter

“Washington State Stadium” — a publicly named stadium — will promote local… Continue reading

Work toward a cleaner future | Letter

I recognize that climate change is the No. 1 threat to the… Continue reading

One way to address homelessness | Letter

Why is Seattle’s homelessness problem getting worse not better? Some people are… Continue reading

Mental illness in teens | Letter

Who here enjoys high school, Secondary Academy for Success aside? Of course… Continue reading