Policy Papers & Issue Briefs

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.

Raise the Bar and Close the Gap: Early Learning

Created on: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 3:05pm

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 - 2:17pm

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.