Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Early Learning Now

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.

Progress for Kids: our work in the 2015 legislative session


For Washington to thrive, all of our children must thrive. That's why Children's Alliance partners with parents and other community leaders to push for public investments in key areas of child well-being.

This year, by opening the doors of power in Olympia to parents and advocates from across the state, we achieved two historic victories.

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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.

2014 Legislative Agenda


The Children's Alliance agenda for the 2014 state legislature identifies four priorities that build a stronger Washington for our kids. Click here to view our legislative agenda.

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.

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.

The State of Washington's Children

The State of Washington’s Children 2012 is a broad review of how Washington’s 1.5 million kids are faring in tough times. The report is issued by KIDS COUNT in Washington, a new partnership between Children’s Alliance and the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.

Read the report.

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:

Recent Working Connections cuts result in waiting list, co-pays

After eligibility for Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) was reduced from 200 percent of the poverty level down to 175 percent of the poverty level, co-pays and a waiting list have been imposed to make child care even more difficult for Washington's families. Learn more about it here.

We're in the News: Seattle Times Op-Ed

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.