No child should go hungry in our state. The Washington State Legislature has the opportunity to restore full State Food Assistance benefits for children and families in the 2013-15 Biennial Budget. Learn more about State Food Assistance.
Policy Papers & Issue Briefs
Twenty-six of the Senate's 49 members have signed a letter requesting the restoration of State Food Assistance. Read the letter.
To contribute to our state’s future, children need the competitive edge of a great education. Apple Health for Kids helps children stay healthy and able to learn. Our priority for the 2013 legislative session is to reverse unaffordable monthly premiums imposed on hundreds of children in immigrant families. Learn more.
Sixty-two community organizations from across the state have joined together to call for restoration of State Food Assistance for our children, elders, and families. Read their joint letter to state lawmakers.
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.
Science tells us that, long before they reach kindergarten, children lay down the mental foundation for future learning. When we fail to surround young children with quality opportunities to build that foundation, it’s much harder for them to catch up later. Child care providers want the best for children in their care, but they need resources to improve and maintain quality. Investments now can lead to benefits for children, families, and society in the future. Chart a path for increasing access to high-quality care that includes:
No child should go to school hungry. No elder should have to cut back on food to pay rent. But since the 50% cut to State Food Assistance went into effect last summer, more immigrant families are struggling against hunger.
Read about one families' struggle to survive after the cuts.
When children are forced to skip meals, or can’t access high quality nutrition, their performance in school suffers. Learn more about the link between childhood nutrition and academic achievement.
All children deserve healthy, nutritious food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here in Washington, the legislature made a smart decision to meet our children’s nutritional needs by creating State Food Assistance in 1997. Learn more.
Out-of-date laws are keeping Washingtonians from receiving the oral health care that is vital to their overall health.
Modernizing our laws will free up dentists with a proven workforce-based solution: a mid-level oral health care provider who will deliver the routine care and oral health education that families need.
Dental disease is the most common disease Washington’s children face. Six in 10 third-graders have some form of tooth decay.
It’s our constitutional duty to provide our children with a basic education. It’s also in everyone’s best interest.
One in four of our state’s children is struggling with hunger. We have effective tools to fight childhood hunger – food stamps, school meals, summer meals, afterschool meals and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
Apple Health for Kids gives Washington families affordable, appropriate health care for their children. Thousands of parents have turned to Apple Health for Kids to secure regular check-ups and other services so that common childhood illnesses do not develop into chronic and costly health problems.
On February 29th, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the injunction prohibiting the Department of Social and Health Services from eliminating or cutting benefits provided under the State Food Assistance Program (SFA). Legal protection for more than 31,000 people, including 12,500 children, living in households receiving SFA no longer exists.
The Children’s Alliance is committed to a Washington State where all children can reach their potential. We believe every child deserves a loving family, equal opportunities to learn and thrive, and a social support system that helps keep them safe and healthy, no matter who their parents are.
Read more here.
Despite an epic snowstorm, consumers, practicing dentists, and representatives of community-based groups and tribal organizations testified about the multiple benefits of creating an innovative new licensed dental practitioner in Washington.
Read the experiences of three Washingtonians who are speaking up to improve access to dental care.
“It’s about what the people need. It’s hard to get dental care, and this new provider could fill the gap and reach more people who need preventative care so they don’t face the kind of problems I am facing.” - Kim Rice, Vancouver