Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Early Learning Now

New Data Shows Critical Need to Invest in Children's Early Years

New national data shows that state and federal policies fail to connect thousands of Washington children to the opportunities they need for success in school and in life.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT policy report, “The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success,” presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life.

Innovative National Early Learning Plan Means More Opportunities for Washington State


Brains are like buildings – they start with a foundation. Birth through age 5 is a crucial time to give children the kinds of enriching experiences and environments they need to build a foundation for success – both in school and in life. But too many of our youngest learners still don’t have access to high quality early childhood education. They are missing out on opportunities that will help them thrive, and this hurts all of us.

Champions for Children, 2006-2012


Children’s Alliance Legislative Champions are state lawmakers recognized by the Children’s Alliance for their outstanding service for children in a specific policy area in a particular legislative session. 

Click here to learn about the accomplishments of Champions for Children from 2006 to 2012.

Adam Tue, 03/26/2013 - 11:24

Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning

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

Expand ECEAP by 1,500 children in the upcoming
biennium and work toward the legislature’s commitment
of full implementation by 2018

Make a simultaneous investment in targeted, voluntary,
comprehensive programs for infants and toddlers at
greatest risk of academic failure.

Agenda Legislativa de 2013

Nuestra 2013 agenda legislativa piede que legisladores:

  • Combatir el hambre infantil;
  • Invertir en la educación temprana;
  • Fortalecer a Apple Health for Kids;
  • Expandir el acceso al cuidado dental;
  • Poner un alto a los recortes e incremente el ingreso.

Lea nuestra agenda legislativa.

Adam Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:09
Legislative Agenda: 2013 session

Our 2013 legislative agenda calls on legislators to:

  • Invest in early learning;
  • Strengthen Apple Health for Kids;
  • Expand access to dental care;
  • Stop cuts and raise revenue.

Read our legislative agenda / en Español.

Adam Fri, 12/07/2012 - 12:05
Proclamation by the Children of Washington State

On Dec. 2, 2011, Children's Alliance gathered hundreds across the state on Capitol steps to issue a statement to lawmakers signed by Washington's kids.

Read our Proclamation by the Children of Washington State: For Us, By Us, For Our Future.  

Christina Mon, 12/12/2011 - 16:27

Protecting Kids in Tough Times: Our Work in the 2011 Legislative Session

The 2011 legislative session had far-reaching consequences for the public systems and services we all rely on. Lawmakers made decisions that dimmed the prospect of a brighter future for our children. Yet thanks to smart and persistent advocacy by the Children’s Alliance and our partners, some vital services for kids were protected.

Together with families and allies across the state, we preserved health care, child care and anti-hunger programs that continue to make a difference in the well being of Washington’s children.

To learn more about our work this session, watch this short slideshow on what we accomplished:

We're in the News: Seattle Times Op-Ed siobhan Fri, 11/12/2010 - 13:49

Children's Alliance Executive Director Paola Maranan authored an Op-Ed published in the Seattle Times on Sunday, November 7th, 2010. She makes the case that Congress should protect funding for Working Connections Child Care by passing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund. The article makes it clear that failing to protect the Working Connections child care and employment program can only hurt kids, families, and the Washington state's economic recovery.

We're in the News: Inside Olympia on TVW siobhan Fri, 11/12/2010 - 10:18

Deputy Director Jon Gould was featured on the TVW program Inside Olympia on November 11th. He called upon legislators to protect kids during these difficult economic times. 

Watch a clip below, or see the full program on the TVW website.

Home Visiting Public-Private Matching Fund

In the 2010 legislative session, the legislature approved a new public-private matching fund for home visiting, called the Home Visiting Services Account. The Account was established in the budget which can be found here. The legislature started off the fund with $500,000 (which included $200,000 in new state funds), which will then be matched by Thrive by Five Washington, the state’s public-private partnership for early learning.