The Early Learning Action Alliance recognizes that federal laws and policies have a direct impact on the opportunities young learners have in Washington State.
We believe in the potential of every child. Poverty and racism erode kids’ opportunities. Our legislative agenda reflects smart public policies that remove barriers and create opportunity—so all kids can thrive.
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.
End Childhood Hunger
Here in Washington, one in five children lives in a household that doesn’t have enough to eat. Childhood food insecurity disproportionately impacts children of color, and it undermines a child’s educational progress. Fight childhood hunger, including strategies to increase family economic security such as restoring Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Invest in Early Learning
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our 2012 legislative agenda calls on lawmakers to:
- Protect Apple Health for Kids and State Food Assistance;
- Reject further budget cuts that hurt low-income families and children of color;
- Improve health with a licensed dental practitioner;
- Close the opportunity gap with early learning;
- Raise revenue to protect our future.
Download and print our 2012 legislative agenda.
Nuestro Agenda Legislativa para la sesion especial en Olympia este diciembre incluye lo siguiendo:
Mantengamonos fuertes para los niños! Nuestra agenda legislativa de 2011 describe las prioridades legislativas de la Alianze para los Ninos en la sesion legislative de 2011. Incluya protegiendo programas que apoyan todas las families, y especialmente las familias inmigrantes.
Kids who rely on school meals during the school year often go without
the nutrition they need during the summer months. A small, up-front investment can draw millions in federal funds to help curb summer hunger for Washington kids. By chipping in $250,000, the state could leverage up to $4 million in federal funds to expand summer meal sites in a dozen communities across Washington.
In 2010 our legislative agenda outlines strategies to protect kids and families through the economic recession.
The Children's Alliance 2009 Legislative Agenda lays out our top priorities in this tough legislative session.
Don't leave kids half full: Legislative Priorities for Hunger and Nutrition in 2008
2008 Legislative Agenda in Spanish
2008 Legislative Agenda