Policy Papers & Issue Briefs

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

Created on: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 12:38pm

 

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 - 8:24am

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 - 9:30pm

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 - 5:05pm

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 - 3:01pm

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 - 2:13pm

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.

Raise the Bar and Close the Gap: Early Learning

Created on: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 2:05pm

More than half of children entering kindergarten classrooms across Washington have not had the opportunities they need to be ready for school. We know that for low-income children and children of color, this is more likely to be true. But quality early learning can help close the opportunity gap. Read a policy paper by the Early Learning Action Alliance.

Washington Dental Access Campaign

Created on: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 1:17pm

Washington’s health care leaders are looking for ways to increase access to care for more people while making care more affordable. Boosting the dental care workforce is identified locally and nationally as a necessary part of increasing access to oral health care.

The Washington Dental Access Campaign supports a workforce solution that meets the needs of our most vulnerable populations including children, seniors, low-income adults and people living with mobility issues. 

The State of Washington's Children

Created on: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 10:13pm

The State of Washington’s Children 2012 is a broad review of how Washington’s 1.5 million kids are faring in tough times. The report is issued by KIDS COUNT in Washington, a new partnership between Children’s Alliance and the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.

Read the report.

The Facts about State Food Assistance

Created on: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 1:11pm

The state legislature reduced funding for State Food Assistance (SFA) by half for the current biennium. A court order is in place prohibiting the benefit reduction, however, pending the outcome of an equal protection and due process lawsuit on behalf of SFA recipients. Gov. Christine Gregoire has again proposed to eliminate the program.

Download The Facts about State Food Assistance to learn more.