Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Early Learning Now

Department of Children, Youth & Families: an Historic Opportunity to Improve Kids’ Lives

The creation of a consolidated Department of Children, Youth and Families is an historic opportunity to improve outcomes for all children, especially those who face barriers to their healthy development and learning.

We support the proposal for a Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), with the following priorities:

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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.

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"We need to lean in to advocacy harder than ever"

Children’s Alliance executive director Paola Maranan delivered the following remarks at our December 7th Children’s Alliance Annual Meeting, about the necessary work advocates for kids will do in 2017.

Hello, my name is Paola Maranan, and it’s my honor to serve as executive director of Children’s Alliance.

What we do for kids now

This year’s election will bring immense change to our nation and our state. Because we know you love kids as much as we do, we want to take a moment now to share our initial thinking about the impacts of the election on children and on our work as child advocates. 

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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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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. 

Our Statement in Response to Governor Inslee’s Executive Order


Governor Inslee’s Executive Order re: State Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families 

Statement from Children’s Alliance, Feb. 18, 2016

Any structural change in the state of Washington’s service delivery for children should be guided by what’s best for kids. And, when not all kids are faring well, our attention and resources should prioritize the most vulnerable. Data about child outcomes in our state show wide disparities in economic security, educational, and health outcomes by family income and race and ethnicity.