This document contains all of the information you'll need to talk to everyone from policy makers and reporters to your neighbors and friends.
Policy Papers & Issue Briefs
These talking points reflect the goals of the Early Learning Action Alliance to strengthen Washington's childcare subsidy system.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is major federal legislation that provides both funding and policy direction for public education. Reauthorization of the act presents an opportunity to advance early learning. The Early Learning Action Alliance sent a letter to U.S. Senator Murray outlining policy priorities.
Early Learning Action Alliance Provides Analysis of 2010 Legislative Session: Budget, Pre-K Timeline and Session Review
These three documents from the Early Learning Action Alliance (ELAA) provide detailed review of key accomplishments in the 2010 WA state legislative session.
Provides a review of each ELAA priority and advocacy results. Includes information about HB2731, SB 6759, HB 2867, and HB 3141.
One April 13th 2010 the Washington Child Nutrition Coalition came together to release a message to congress urging Congress to make a greater investment in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
For more information contact Linda Stone by phone (509) 844-1314 or
The Seattle Times
Washington Child Nutrition Coalition priorities
In April 2010 the United States Senate unanimously passed the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act completing one of the first steps in a long process of improving our national child nutrition programs. The Washington Child Nutrition Reauthorization Coalition prepared a response to the new legislation, both applauding the bipartisan support for the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and identifying key areas for improvement.
Apple Health for Kids provides comprehensive and affordable health coverage for children in our state. The Senate’s budget proposal completely eliminates funding for outreach activities. The ability to leverage future federal performance bonuses, in the millions, relies on our ability to identify and enroll eligible children through successful outreach strategies.
Parents count on Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) to help them cover the high cost of child care so they can go to work or job training. If projected cuts to WCCC were put in place, in addition to harming stability and continuity of care for children, it would not result in cost savings. An estimated 25% of WCCC families (325 families) who lose their child care subsidy would be unable to work and would be forced turn to the support of TANF.
Lawmakers are debating ways to adopt a balanced budget by March 11th—they can either cut services, raise revenue, or do a combination of both. We support a balanced approach that includes significant new revenues. Delaying action is not an option. Read more about why kids need revenue now.
Washington State U.S. Representative Rick Larsen, from the 2nd Congressional District, has co-sponsored legislative to expand access to afterschool meals and snacks for low-income children and reduce paperwork for providers.
Background on the federal performance bonus awarded to Washington State for progress on enrolling children in Apple Health for Kids.
In June 2009 Governor Chris Gregoire directed her key education staff to develop a proposal for the 2010 legislative session to ensure that all Washington children and their families have the benefit of early childhood eduction. The drafting team is convened by the Director of the Department of Early Learning, Bette Hyde and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn. The Early Learning Action Alliance submitted an initial, detailed letter to the drafting Team.
The Annie E Casey Foundation has created a Race Matters Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. Below are direct links to a few key tools.
Race Matters Toolkit User's Guide
A review of the toolkit and how to use it.
The Annie E Casey Foundation has created a Race Matters Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.