Early Learning Now

Learning begins at birth. Every experience children have, from their earliest months, shapes the basic structure of their brains.

Our goal is to create an early learning system in Washington that supports families by making sure they have high-quality options for their children’s early care and learning—whether their children spend their days at home, in formal childcare, or with family and friends.

No Kidding! Blog

Don’t undermine progress for Washington kids

 

Parents, advocates and community leaders during this 2016 legislative session have advocated for greater investments in access to early learning for kids ages birth to 5 and their families. We’ve done it before: last year, the Early Start Act came with the largest investment in early learning in our state’s history. This historic achievement is improving early childhood education for more than 70,000 Washington children. 

But the legislature is poised to undermine this progress. 

Our Statement in Response to Governor Inslee’s Executive Order


Governor Inslee’s Executive Order re: State Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families 

Statement from Children’s Alliance, Feb. 18, 2016

Any structural change in the state of Washington’s service delivery for children should be guided by what’s best for kids. And, when not all kids are faring well, our attention and resources should prioritize the most vulnerable. Data about child outcomes in our state show wide disparities in economic security, educational, and health outcomes by family income and race and ethnicity.

Latest News

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.

NEW REPORT SHOWS RACIAL OPPORTUNITY GAP HURTS WASH. CHILDREN

Posted on: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 7:29pm

Today’s release of the KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels. The data can better inform policymakers who create policies and programs that can benefit all children, while targeting strategies and investments where attention is needed most.

Resources

5 Consejos para abogar – Más que aprobar un proyecto de ley o un presupuesto

Created on: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 9:14am

Cuando se aprueba un proyecto de ley, por lo general se escriben las regulaciones que detallan cómo se pondrán en práctica las diferentes partes de la ley.  Usted no tiene que ser un experto en la materia para dar su opinión en esta parte del proceso.  Usted solamente necesita saber dónde encontrar la información y cómo participar

Leye: 5 Consejos para abogar – Más que aprobar un proyecto de ley o un presupuesto

5 Tips for Advocacy - More than Passing a Bill or Budget

Created on: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 9:09am

Advocacy doesn't end when you win legislation!

When a bill is passed, usually regulations are written to spell out how the different parts of the law will be put into practice. You don’t have to be an expert to have a say in this part of the process. You just need to know where to find information and how to be involved.