Policy Papers & Issue Briefs

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 State of Washington's Children

Created on: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 11:13pm

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 - 2:11pm

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.

Letter to Sen. Patty Murray: protect kids in deficit talks

Created on: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 3:58pm

More than 60 partner organizations joined us in urging Sen. Patty Murray to protect kids in the course of federal debt negotiations. Read the letter.

Early learning recommendations: 2011-2013 conference budget

Created on: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 2:19pm

For a comprehensive look at all early learning programs affected in the 2011-2013 biennium, check out Children's Alliance's conference budget recommendations.

PRESS STATMENT: Senate budget cuts kids' health coverage, creates needless bureaucracy

Created on: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 9:19am

The Children’s Alliance released the following statement today in response to Senate Bill 5929, which will limit enrollment in the state’s popular, successful, cost-effective health coverage program, Apple Health for Kids. Read it here. Read our statement here.

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PRESS STATEMENT: Senate budget cuts kids health coverage, creates needless bureaucracy

Created on: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 9:19am

The Children’s Alliance released the following statement today in response to Senate Bill 5929, which will limit enrollment in the state’s popular, successful, cost-effective health coverage program, Apple Health for Kids. Read it here. Read our statement here.

Apple Health for Kids in the 44th legislative district

Created on: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 9:04am

One out of three kids in Snohomish County gets health care thanks to Apple Health for Kids. Read our fact sheet.

Fact sheet: Apple Health for Kids

Created on: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 9:54am

Covering all kids made sense in good times; it makes even more sense in hard times. Apple Health for Kids — Washington’s children’s health insurance program  — is a proven success and a lifeline to struggling families during this Great Recession. Read our fact sheet on Apple Health for Kids.