Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Early Learning Now

Our Four Priorities for a Department of Children, Youth and Families

The proposal to consolidate programs and services into a Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in Washington State is a once in a generation opportunity to structure government for positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.

While there are many important aspects of this endeavor, the Children’s Alliance has identified four key areas for the focus of our advocacy. We recognize there are many issues involved and we will also play a supportive role on other issues that are deeply felt by our community.

These are our four priorities:

What we do for kids now

This year’s election will bring immense change to our nation and our state.

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Six legislators honored for work to expand access to high-quality early learning Adam Wed, 09/28/2016 - 17:10

Six state legislators were honored for their commitment to the first five years of a child’s life on Saturday, Sept. 17 , with Crayon Awards from the Early Learning Action Alliance.

The awards were presented to Senators Joe Fain (R-47th) and Steve Litzow (R-41st) and Representatives Chad Magendanz (R-5th), Ruth Kagi (D-32nd), Eric Pettigrew (D-37th) and Tana Senn (D-41st) at Green River College by representatives of the Early Learning Action Alliance.

Media Release: State Senator Pramila Jayapal honored for expanding high-quality early learning

SEATTLE—State Senator Pramila Jayapal (D-37th) was honored for her commitment to the fi

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Poverty blocks progress, though Washington’s kids gain overall

Household incomes for Washington’s poorest families have yet to recover from the 2008 r

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Policy Changes Included in the Early Start Act

In 2015, Washington’s legislature passed and Governor Inslee signed the Early Start Act (HB 1491). The bipartisan, historic Early Start Act enacts unprecedented policies and resources to help ensure all children get the great start they need. The Early Start Act includes numerous provisions designed at increasing access to quality care for all children, particularly children in low-income families and children of color.

Early Learning Action Alliance: 2014 legislative agenda


High quality early learning lays a foundation for a strong future. But too many young children don’t get a chance to build the fundamental brain architecture that allows them to thrive in school and in life.

Convened by the Children's Alliance, members of the Early Learning Action Alliance (ELAA) 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.