Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Child Poverty

Learn, Love, Lead! e-mail series

In our Learn, Love, Lead! email series, we show what we can do together to protect and support Washington's children from new federal threats. Each week, we provide a resource you can learn from and share, or an action you can take to be the leader kids are counting on.

Whether you and your family are targeted by rising hate or a particular policy, or you want to act in solidarity with children and families in your community, we are here to support your actions to protect kids’ well-being and happiness today, and help them grow into their enormous potential.

What we do for kids now

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

Adam Tue, 11/15/2016 - 18:13

Position Statements: Election 2016

The following positions on statewide ballot measures for the 2016 general election have been taken by the Children’s Alliance.

Initiative 732: NO

While designed to fight climate change, Initiative 732 threatens children in two ways. First, its tax breaks are insufficient to counter its full costs to low-income families, who are disproportionately families of color. Second, it’s predicted to worsen the state’s budget shortfall—jeopardizing programs and services kids need to thrive.

Poverty blocks progress, though Washington’s kids gain overall

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

Adam Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:21

Vote YES on Initiative 1433: Raise Up Washington


Better wages and access to paid sick leave stabilize families and help kids grow up healthy and strong. One in five children in our state live in poverty and face long-term barriers to success in school and in life. Family-friendly workplace policies move us closer to ending childhood hunger and poverty. When crafted well, such policies are also a step toward racial equity, as people of color disproportionately hold low-wage jobs without paid leave benefits.

Raise Revenue: Our Tax System is Endangering Kids

All children deserve a great start in life. But our state’s tax system puts too many of them in harm’s way.

Revenues as a proportion of the economy have shrunk over the past 15 years, resulting in cuts to basic services. Children in communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by these cuts.

Ending these cuts boosts our economy. Ending the 25 percent cut to State Food Assistance would generate more than $17 million in economic activity through June 2017.

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