Early Learning Action Alliance

ELAA logoThe 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.  

2015 Legislative Session
The 2015 legislative session begins on January 12, and ELAA is gearing up for an important year. With it's well-documented return on investment, quality care in the first five years of life lays the foundation for our children's success in K-12. ELAA's legislative agenda for 2015 includes investments in kids ages birth to five, raising revenue, and passing an Early Start Act.

View our full legislative agenda here.

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2014 Legislative Session

The 2014 legislative session came to a close on March 13th. ELAA won some hard fought victories in a tough context. In addition to gaining nearly $24 million for an 8% rate increase for child care centers and homes and a tiered reimbursement pilot, ELAA successfully advocated for House Bill 2519, increasing access to early learning opportunities for children in the child welfare system. Meanwhile, we worked with the sponsors of House Bill 2377, the Early Start Act, to ensure that the resources offered in the bill were sufficient to reach the desired outcomes – especially for children in low-income families and children of color. Although the Early Start Act wasn’t funded in the final budget, we laid an important foundation to build upon in the 2015 legislative session.

Read more about how early learning fared in the 2014 session here

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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.

Our Long-Term Priorities

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 us and Who We Are.

For more information about the Early Learning Action Alliance contact Jennifer Jennings-Shaffer (jennifer@childrensalliance.org), Children’s Alliance Early Learning Policy Director.