Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

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Restore State Food Assistance

Washington’s success depends on great educational outcomes for all children.

But one in 5 Washington children lives in a household that doesn’t have enough food to get by. It's hard to learn when you are hungry. That’s why more than one million Washingtonians receive federal food stamp benefits, and approximately 15,600 legally residing immigrants use State Food Assistance (SFA).

Dental Therapists: Bringing Care to Communities

All Washingtonians should be able to get dental care when they need it, regardless of where they live or how much money they have. Yet many can’t. Dental Therapists are licensed providers that extend the reach of the existing dental team. They can help people get the care they need to be healthy.

Dental Therapists will:

•    Expand dental care access to families and communities.
•    Save money by providing high quality routine, cost-effective care and preventing dental emergencies.

5 Questions for Candidates for State Legislature in 2014

Our elected leaders make decisions that shape children's lives today and for years to come. You can be a great advocate for kids by raising kids' issues during election season. Check out these 5 questions for candidates. Print them out and take them with you to your local candidate forum! Questions? Contact Emijah Smith, Community Organizer at emijah@childrensalliance.org or 206.324.0340 x25.

Read and download 5 Questions for Candidates.

Election 2014: Gun Safety

Gun violence has enormous consequences for children. Incidents of violence play a large role in determining whether every child has the same opportunities to grow up healthy and live in healthy communities.

That's why the Children’s Alliance endorses Initiative 594 and opposes Initiative 591. Both initiatives will appear on the election ballots of voters all across Washington state. Read more.

Children's Alliance Amicus Curiae Brief McCleary V Washington

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.

Our Oral Health Care Crisis: What Lawmakers Can Do

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.

Early Learning Action Alliance: 2014 legislative agenda


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.