After 22 years of experience as an educator, Monica knows the importance of books for the littlest readers in Washington. She sponsored and passed a bill in partnership with Dolly Parton to bring Imagination Library to Washington. Now every 0-5 year old in our state can have books arrive to their door!
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We know that students need greater access to financial education in schools. Monica Stonier is the Chair of the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership and partnered with Sen. Mullet to expand Financial Education training to public schools. Every school board will adopt a goal to expand financial education next year, and the state will award grants to provide that training free of cost to the teachers.
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Affordable childcare continues to be an incredibly difficult problem to overcome for our working parents and our businesses. Monica secured funding to create a shared services model here in SWWA. This service would allow childcare providers to focus on their families and children because they will have the technical assistance they need to navigate the business and regulation environment. Southwest Washington leads on many statewide challenges, and we can do it again with this model. Our local partners, advocates, and businesses are committed to this work and Monica will be there to help with next steps if voters return her to Olympia.
Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
Even with rampant misinformation spread, Monica fought to ensure the passage of a bill that provides age-appropriate, medically accurate, and inclusive health education about safety, communication, biology, and affirmative consent in all schools. Most school districts in SWWA have been providing this information, but it shouldn't matter where a student lives, they should all have access to the crucial health information they need to understand how their bodies and relationship work, and where to get trusted information as they grow.
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Domestic Workers Protection
In 2020, Monica passed legislation that protects domestic workers, most often immigrant women of color working in isolated and unmonitored environments, from certain behaviors resulting in intimidation, unpaid wages, and abuse. Because of the unique work locations and schedules kept by workers like hotel and house cleaners, care providers, and seasonal workers are often left unprotected by the laws in Washington. Monica's HB 2511 ensures that all workers have protections under the law in Washington.
Breakfast After the Bell
In 2018, Monica crafted and negotiated HB 1508 which eventually passed with bipartisan support. This "Breakfast After the Bell" bill assured students who likely come to school hungry would have access to food even if they arrived after the bell rang. Schools were provided with guidance and access to grants to implement this new program, and learning time will be more effective because students' basic needs will have been met.
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