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.
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is quality preschool that’s good for kids, parents and schools.
Washington has some of the highest child-care (including preschool) costs in the nation. That means some kids, disproportionately kids in low-income families and children of color, miss out on early experiences in preschool that can help them have a great childhood and thrive in kindergarten. ECEAP expands equitable access to high-quality, culturally responsive preschool.
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:
When we raise our voices together, we build the power to protect kids and build a healthy future.
Have a Heart for Kids Day brought hundreds of advocates for children to the State Capitol on Friday, January 27. Children’s Alliance members brought their voices, their values and their hope to state lawmakers who are making important choices in the days and weeks ahead. To see photos from the day, click here.
The Children’s Alliance creates our annual Legislative Agenda with the aid of a racial equity policy analysis, so that our efforts address disparities facing children and families in communities of color.
Quality preschool helps kids to reach their full potential for success in school and in life. Expand access to the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) by increasing enrollment of currently eligible children and increasing funding to support and retain high quality, diverse teachers.
This year’s election will bring immense change to our nation and our state.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.; program 9-10:30.
This free event features:
- Light breakfast,
- A look ahead at advocacy for children in 2017,
- A conversation with Chris Reykdal, Superintendent-elect of Public Instruction;
Join Children's Alliance members for a conversation with Superintendent-elect Reykdal about ensuring all Washington kids are safe, healthy, and set up for success at school.
- A conversation with state legislators.
Join with legislative guests and Children's Alliance members for a dialogue about the priorities for kids on our 2017 Legislative Agenda, and how public policy can protect children from the harm of racism and poverty, and help all kids reach their vast potential. Legislative Guests: Senator Jeannie Darneille, 27th District (D-Tacoma) Senator-elect Hans Zeiger, 25th District (R-Puyallup) Representative-elect Kristine Reeves, 30th District (D-Federal Way).
Please join us for this opportunity to come together, celebrate our work, and look ahead at the 2017 legislative session.
State Representative Bruce Chandler honored for work to expand access to high-quality early learning
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.
SEATTLE—State Senator Pramila Jayapal (D-37th) was honored for her commitment to the fi
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Parents, advocates and community leaders during this 2016 legislative session have advo
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.
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.
High quality early learning is a targeted investment that reaps huge returns: proven outcomes in school and in life. Every child deserves the opportunity for a great start. Pass the Early Start Act with culturally relevant care provisions and funding needed to close the opportunity gap.
The bipartisan Early Start Act (HB 1491/SB 5452)
Sponsored by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island), the Early Start Act aims to expand access to high quality early learning, particularly for children furthest from opportunity.
Click here for a copy of “Unfinished Business: Advocacy for Kids in the 2014 Legislature.”