“Dear Representative Ortiz-Self,


On behalf of the Early Learning Action Alliance (ELAA), I am thrilled to announce that you have been selected to receive an Early Learning Emerging Leader Award for your outstanding leadership in early learning! Your commitment to advancing policies and funding early learning over the past two years has been crucial for Washington’s children and families.


ELAA is a broad coalition of organizations representing a diverse array of Washington nonprofits, professional associations, and businesses. We are united by the belief that all children in Washington State deserve to have the opportunities and support they need in their first five years of life to be prepared for school and a bright future. ELAA presents awards to selected legislators every two years to highlight the importance of legislative leadership. As an Early Learning Emerging Leader Award recipient, you are a rising advocate for expanding early learning opportunities for children.


Early Learning Emerging Leader Awards acknowledge achievements over the past two years of policymakers who support investments that are critical to closing the school readiness gap. Our work is far from done. We recognize legislative champions, such as yourself, with the hope that you will continue to grow your leadership on behalf of young children.


Thank you for all that you do for children and families in our state!”





Jennifer Jennings-Shaffer

Early Learning Policy Director

Children’s Alliance