Children’s Alliance joined with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and Columbia Legal Services on 8-4-2014 to file an Amicus Curiae brief with the state Supreme Court, opposing one of the Court’s proposed remedies in the McCleary v. Washington case. The brief requests that, as the state moves to comply with the Court’s ruling, it refrain from funding education in a way that jeopardizes housing and other basic services to children and families.
Click here for a copy of “Unfinished Business: Advocacy for Kids in the 2014 Legislature.”
Oral disease is painful, dangerous, and costly. It is also almost entirely preventable.
Yet across Washington State, thousands of children, adults, seniors, people with disabilities, and people in rural and Tribal communities can’t get preventive and routine dental care—either because they can’t afford it, or because there aren’t enough dentists in the places where they live. Learn more.
Seventy-one community based organizations from across the state have joined together to call for full restoration of State Food Assistance for our children, elders, and families. Read their letter to the Washington State Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee.
High quality early learning lays a foundation for a strong future. But too many young children don’t get a chance to build the fundamental brain architecture that allows them to thrive in school and in life.
Convened by the Children's Alliance, members of the Early Learning Action Alliance (ELAA) 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.
A reduction in State Food Assistance in 2012 put nearly 14,000 children in immigrant families at greater risk of hunger. This session, we ask lawmakers to add $4.6 million to State Food Assistance to restore full benefits for the 2014-15 budget. Read more.
The Children's Alliance agenda for the 2014 state legislature identifies four priorities that build a stronger Washington for our kids. Click here to view our legislative agenda.
In November, monthly Basic Food benefits will decrease across the nation. The federal law that boosted benefits during the Recession ends November 1. This 2009 law was called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Congress has not voted in more funding to keep the ARRA level of benefits. Read more.
According to the most recent report on food insecurity and hunger in America released September 4th by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the rate of hunger in 2012 remained 5.7 percent nationally. Washington’s rate continues to exceed the national rate. Learn more.
Brains are like buildings – they start with a foundation. Birth through age 5 is a crucial time to give children the kinds of enriching experiences and environments they need to build a foundation for success – both in school and in life. But too many of our youngest learners still don’t have access to high quality early childhood education. They are missing out on opportunities that will help them thrive, and this hurts all of us.
Our 2013 Legislative Report describes the Children's Alliance's work for kids in partnership with coalitions and individuals from all across Washington state.
Together, our teamwork over the 2013 session won: