Policy Papers & Issue Briefs

Vote NO on Initiative 1185

Created on: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 1:58pm

The Children’s Alliance urges you to vote NO on Initiative 1185. Initiative 1185 gives just 17 state legislators the power to block the reforms needed to create a sustainable future for Washington’s kids.

Read more about our position on I-1185.

Approve Referendum 74

Created on: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 1:36pm

The Children’s Alliance urges you to Approve Referendum 74. Public policy should support families to thrive and support their children – whether they are led by single parents, grandparents, married or unmarried parents or other loving adults. 

Read more about our position on Referendum 74.

State Food Assistance: Protection for Hungry Families

Created on: Friday, March 2, 2012 - 12:22pm

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.

Children's Alliance Supports Marriage Equality

Created on: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 12:25pm

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.  

Frequently asked questions about the High Quality Early Learning Act of 2012

Created on: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 1:38pm


Two bills will establish a voluntary early learning program for 3- and 4-year-olds in Washington, with a concurrent focus on services in the first three years of life.

Learn more about substitute House Bill 2448 and substitute Senate Bill 6449.


Momentum Builds for New Dental Provider

Created on: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 9:24am

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 and watch testimony highlights.

Three Washingtonians speak up for dental care

Created on: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:30pm

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

Read more.

Quality early learning from birth to age 5

Created on: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 6:05pm

House Bill 2448 would establish a voluntary early learning program for three- and four-year-olds in Washington, with additional support for children from birth to age three. Read a two-page fact sheet about the bill by the Early Learning Action Alliance.

Hungry Children Need State Food Assistance

Created on: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 4:01pm

Every child needs access to good nutrition in order to learn, grow and thrive. But the number of hungry Washington households has nearly doubled since 2007. State Food Assistance ensures equal treatment of our state's hungry;eliminating SFA would further disrupt the lives of thousands of children – disproportionately children of color – all across the state.

Learn more about State Food Assistance.

Apple Health for Kids

Created on: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 3:13pm

Apple Health for Kids gives thousands of Washington children the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Read how Apple Health for Kids helps Washington's children grow up healthy.