Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

2016 Legislative Session

Champions for Children

Champions for Children are state lawmakers recognized by the Children’s Alliance for their outstanding service on behalf of children.

To be honored as a Champion for Children, a state lawmaker must provide significant leadership in protecting or advancing state policies or investments that improve the well-being of children in Washington.

2016 Legislative Review

This past session, the Children’s Alliance fought for policy solutions rooted in our commitment to improve the lives of Washington’s children and advance racial equity, so every child has the opportunity they deserve.

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Love overflowing for Washington’s kids

 

Bremerton mother Natasha Fecteau has been learning how to make a difference for kids for several years. This year, she put her learning to work to a far greater extent than before.

Natasha believes child care ought to be within financial reach of parents who are struggling to earn a living. That’s why, when the Children’s Alliance issued a call this year for budget action to protect early learning and stable care for kids, she spoke up for Working Connections Child Care.

She believes timely, preventive oral health care ought to be available for kids and their families. So when Children’s Alliance pushed this year for the creation and authorization of dental therapists, she spoke up about her own arduous experience trying to find a dental professional she could afford.

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Don’t undermine progress for Washington kids

 

Parents, advocates and community leaders during this 2016 legislative session have advocated for greater investments in access to early learning for kids ages birth to 5 and their families. We’ve done it before: last year, the Early Start Act came with the largest investment in early learning in our state’s history. This historic achievement is improving early childhood education for more than 70,000 Washington children. 

But the legislature is poised to undermine this progress. 

Fact Sheet: Oral Health Matters

For too long, oral health has gone unrecognized as integral to overall health. Too many Washingtonians do not have access to routine and preventive oral health care. Read more.

 

Our 2016 Legislative Agenda

 

End Childhood Hunger

Here in Washington, one in five children lives in a household that doesn’t have enough to eat. Childhood food insecurity disproportionately impacts children of color, and it undermines a child’s educational progress. Fight childhood hunger, including strategies to increase family economic security such as restoring Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

 

Invest in Early Learning

2016 Legislative Session

 

The 2016 Legislature convened at the Washington State Capitol on Monday, January 11 and adjourned Friday, March 11.

 

This 60-day session is shorter than those that take place in odd-numbered years, but no matter the duration, the laws passed in any session have enormous potential to help—or hurt—Washington’s kids.

That’s why each year we advocate with persistence and passion to protect kids and build a better future for all.