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.
Policy Papers & Issue Briefs
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.
In this June 8th, 2009 letter Governor Gregoire directs the Superintendent of Public Instrucation and Director of the Department of Early Learning to create a proposal for the state's role in early learning. The action follows the Governor's veto of the inclusion of early learning in the new definition of Basic Education passed by the legislature in 2009.
Read a detailed review of how the legislative priorities of the Early Learning Action Alliance fared during the 2009 session.
Here's a review of the proposed early learning funding in the 2010 proposed federal budget.
The Children's Alliance 2009 Early Learning policy paper lays out our priorities for the 09 legislative session: protect investments in our youngest learners.
The Children's Alliance 2009 End Childhood Hunger policy paper lays out our priorities for the 09 legislative session: support struggling families to provide at least two meals a day.
The Children's Alliance 2009 Cover All Kids policy paper lays out our priorities for the 09 legislative session: stay the course and cover all kids by 2010.
Summary of impacts on hunger in the House and Senate Farm Fills 2007
2007 Hunger Legislative Priority: Eliminate reduced price category for school lunches
Cover All Kids update and look ahead to 2008
This chart provides a detailed review of SB 5093 - the Cover All Kids law - which resulted in the creation of the Apple Health for Kids program.
Fill funding gaps in key foster care programs
SCHIP Reauthorization must include Washington State's Priorities - use this sample letter