The Early Learning Action Alliance (ELAA) is a dynamic, growing coalition of organizations representing a diverse array of Washington nonprofits, professional associations, businesses and industries. We are united by the belief that all children in Washington state deserve to have the opportunities and support they need in their first five years of life to be prepared for school and a bright future.
The 2014 legislative session is underway! The Early Learning Action Alliance is advocating for a range of policy and budget priorities that would advance access to high quality early learning opportunities for children in Washington State. Read our legislative agenda, and the briefing documents below, to learn more about our priorities.
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Our mission is to ensure that every Washington child, starting at birth, has equitable access to the relationships, education, and opportunities needed to be healthy and ready to succeed by kindergarten.
We convene a coalition of diverse organizations to advocate for early learning as a statewide priority, as evidenced by increased public investments and effective, strategic, and integrated early learning policies that will improve outcomes for all children.
We need researched, market-driven policies that will give all young children the social, emotional and intellectual foundations they need to start school ready to succeed. These policies should support parents as their children’s first and most important teachers and provide a range of culturally relevant support services to families who need them. A greater range of top quality child care, family care and preschool choices needs to be available to all families. We also need to recognize the importance of expanding professional development opportunities to the thousands of child care professionals across the state. Together, we can help make Washington state a place where all families and young children have the opportunities they need to thrive.
Membership is open to any organization that agrees with our mission and guiding principles and is not a target of our advocacy at the state or federal level. For membership details, please read the Early Learning Action Alliance Charter (PDF).
You can read more about our members in the ELAA Member Directory.
For more information about the Early Learning Action Alliance contact Casey Osborn-Hinman (email@example.com), Children’s Alliance Interim Early Learning Policy Director.