Cover All Kids

Health Care Campaign

Every child should have health coverage. As a state we’ve made tremendous progress. In early 2007 Governor Gregoire signed the Cover All Kids law. It phases in comprehensive health insurance options under the umbrella of Apple Health for Kids. Watch this video to see the impact Apple Health for Kids is having on kids and families across the state.

The Children’s Alliance and our partners in the Health Coalition for Children and Youth are working every step of the way to make sure the Cover All Kids law fulfills its promise. We’ll continue to pursue policies that will create equal access to care for all children in Washington State.

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Paid Sick Days Help Kids Reach their Full Potential


No parent should have to choose between caring for a sick child and earning a day’s pay. That’s one of the reasons behind our support for Initiative 1433, the measure to raise the minimum wage statewide and provide paid sick days to all Washington workers.


We know that improving economic security for 1 in 5 Washington parents will fight childhood hunger. And as Children’s Alliance staff and members noted at a Seattle preschool recently, I-1433 also means healthier kids.


The initiative, which affords workers one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked, is forecast to make the greatest difference in the lives of children living in
low-income households. Nationally, children in families living below a basic-needs threshold (around $32,000 for a family of two) are half as likely as other kids to have parents who can take time off when they or their children
are sick.

NEWS: Educators, parents and children’s health experts underscore the importance of paid sick leave as kids head back to school

SEATTLE – As Washington kids head back to school, educators, parents and children’s health experts gathered on Thursday to announce their support for the Yes on 1433 campaign, which would allow more than 1 million Washington workers to earn paid sick leave. According the the group, when parents don’t have access to paid sick leave it impacts the health and educational outcomes of children.

Initiative 1433, which will appear on the November ballot, would also raise the minimum wage to $13.50 over four years and has received key endorsements from the Children’s Alliance, the Washington Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers - Washington and Equity in Education Coalition.

"Initiative 1433 is good for Washington’s kids. Good jobs allow parents to look after a child when he or she is too sick for school. No parent should have to choose between a day’s pay and the needs of a sick child,” said Paola Maranan, executive director for the Children’s Alliance.

Latest News

Report: More Washington Kids Have Health Coverage, but Poverty Still a Roadblock

Posted on: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 12:00am

SEATTLE – Kids and families in Washington state have made some progress in the face of poverty rates that have yet to improve, according to the new national 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation.

ADVISORY: Have a Heart for Kids Day brings kids, parents, advocates to Olympia to protect children and families

Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2016 - 11:43am
MEDIA ADVISORY: Fri., Feb. 12, 2016
WHO: Hundreds of parents, their children, and community leaders from across the state, including Spokane, Wenatchee and Seattle.
WHAT: Rally to protect kids and families and deliver the message: “KIDS CAN’T WAIT!” Speaking will be Seattle mother Sebrena Burr, about the power of advocacy to change the lives of children; and Olympia student Ashley Terry, age 14, to tell about her experience struggling with the unmet need for dental care.


Our 2017 Legislative Agenda

Created on: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:41am

The Children’s Alliance creates our annual Legislative Agenda with the aid of a racial equity policy analysis, so that our efforts address disparities facing children and families in communities of color.

Early Learning

Quality preschool helps kids to reach their full potential for success in school and in life. Expand access to the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) by increasing enrollment of currently eligible children and increasing funding to support and retain high quality, diverse teachers.

Oral Health: Out of Reach

Created on: Monday, October 10, 2016 - 11:19am

Nationally, fewer than half of children on Medicaid receive dental care. In Washington state, the rate of children covered by Apple Health for Kids receiving dental care at least once annually is higher than the national average and has steadily increased from 45 percent in 2008 to 55.5 percent in 2015.