Update from Councilmember Jared Mead - June 2021

Friday, June 18th, 2021

Snohomish County

Summer Update from Councilmember Jared Mead - June 2021

Record-Breaking Investment in Early Learning Made in Washington State

Last month, Washington State passed legislation that will make childcare more accessible and affordable for families across the state. The Fair Start for Kids Act takes a multi-pronged approach at solving the child care crisis in Washington state. Overall, the bill will aim to achieve:  

  • Reduce copays and expand eligibility for the Working Connections Child Care and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance programs. 
  • Make capital investments to expand existing child care facilities and build new facilities. 
  • Strengthen child care programs by expanding access to support services, mental health consultations, dual language supports and more. 
  • Grow recruitment and retention for child care businesses by increasing subsidy rates, expanding access to health insurance for providers and providing resources for professional development. 

Here in Snohomish County, I secured nearly $80 million for early learning efforts over the next decade and am currently working to establish an early learning advisory council that will provide feedback on best regional approaches to create long-term solutions within the early learning sector. I am proud and honored to be leading this effort in Snohomish County and I will keep you updated as we proactively work towards a more equitable early education systems for all of our children.   

Town Hall Event with CM Jared Mead and CM Nate Nehring

In a continuation of our Civil Discourse Tour and in collaboration with the Mill Creek Junior State of America, myself and Councilmember Nate Nehring will participate in a Town Hall event focused on the importance of having meaningful discourse with people in our community even when we may disagree. This is a series of events that we are hosting mainly to encourage our youth to engage in meaningful and respectful political conversations but are open to everyone. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to my office and we will provide you with RSVP information, or you can register at the following link. Additionally, I’ve included a link to the comment piece that myself and CM Nehring co-wrote titled It’s Up to Us to Chart a Path Forward  

Pride Month 20221

Celebrating Pride Month throughout June in Snohomish County

In celebration of Pride month during the month of June, the Snohomish County Council unanimously passed Resolution 2021-024. The resolution recognizes and commemorates our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Gender Non-Conforming, Pansexual, and 2 Spirit (LGBTQ+) Community. I’ve included some links to learn more about the history and celebrations of Pride month. 

Celebrating Juneteenth in Snohomish County

Earlier this month, the County Council unanimously adopted Joint Resolution 21-027, recognizing June 19th, 2021 as Juneteenth Independence Day in Snohomish County. I have included a few great links to learn more about the history and significance of the Juneteenth Holiday, ways to thoughtfully celebrate the holiday with kids, and events happening around the area.  

Juneteenth Timeline of Events - Snohomish County

Projects Happening in District 4

As part of the June update, I wanted to provide some links to projects and events happening throughout District 4. If there are specific projects you’d like to know more about, feel free to contact my office using the information listed at the bottom of the newsletter.  

CM Mead and CM Low at the Clearview Community Meeting

CM Mead and CM Low discussing potential growth around the Cathcart area.

Contact Councilmember Jared Mead

Councilmember Jared Mead

Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494
E-Mail: Jared.Mead@SnoCo.org

Legislative Aide: Angela Ewert

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