Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

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Five Tips for Advocacy: More than Passing a Bill or Budget

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.

siobhan Wed, 04/06/2016 - 09:09

Vote YES on Initiative 1433: Raise Up Washington


Better wages and access to paid sick leave stabilize families and help kids grow up healthy and strong. One in five children in our state live in poverty and face long-term barriers to success in school and in life. Family-friendly workplace policies move us closer to ending childhood hunger and poverty. When crafted well, such policies are also a step toward racial equity, as people of color disproportionately hold low-wage jobs without paid leave benefits.

Our 2016 Legislative Agenda

 

End Childhood Hunger

Here in Washington, one in five children lives in a household that doesn’t have enough to eat. Childhood food insecurity disproportionately impacts children of color, and it undermines a child’s educational progress. Fight childhood hunger, including strategies to increase family economic security such as restoring Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

 

Invest in Early Learning

Champions for Children: 2015 Legislative Session

Children’s Alliance Champions for Children are state lawmakers recognized for their outstanding service to children in a specific policy area in a particular legislative session.

Adam Mon, 09/14/2015 - 14:08
Policy Brief: the Early Start Act

The bipartisan, historic Early Start Act (H.B. 1491) enacts unprecedented policies and resources to help ensure all children a great start.

 

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Provides parents with information about the quality of early learning so that they can make informed choices for their children.

Supports continuity of care so that children receive the consistent care essential for
bonding and attachment and parents can count on stable care.

Adam Wed, 09/09/2015 - 20:55
Policy Changes Included in the Early Start Act

In 2015, Washington’s legislature passed and Governor Inslee signed the Early Start Act (HB 1491). The bipartisan, historic Early Start Act enacts unprecedented policies and resources to help ensure all children get the great start they need. The Early Start Act includes numerous provisions designed at increasing access to quality care for all children, particularly children in low-income families and children of color.

Adam Wed, 09/09/2015 - 20:47
Raise Revenue: Our Tax System is Endangering Kids

All children deserve a great start in life. But our state’s tax system puts too many of them in harm’s way.

Revenues as a proportion of the economy have shrunk over the past 15 years, resulting in cuts to basic services. Children in communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by these cuts.

Ending these cuts boosts our economy. Ending the 25 percent cut to State Food Assistance would generate more than $17 million in economic activity through June 2017.

siobhan Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:58
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: a Lifeline for Children

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) promotes the economic security of children. This session, state lawmakers should restore the 15 percent cut to TANF. Read more.

Adam Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:05