Current marijuana enforcement policy is failing children and families. Decades of study have proven the unequal treatment of communities of color in the criminal justice system, especially in enforcement of marijuana policy. Washington’s kids pay a terrible price for these persistent racial disparities: children are separated from their parents, and families are trapped in poverty when adults are denied access to educational and economic opportunities. Read more about our position on Initiative 502.
Since the beginning of the recession, the number of Washington state families struggling with hunger has increased sharply. Between 2008 and 2011, 75,000 new households joined the ranks of the hungry, and the rate of hunger in the state is the highest it has ever been. Read our new report.
Dental disease is the most common disease Washington’s children face. Six in 10 third-graders have some form of tooth decay.
It’s our constitutional duty to provide our children with a basic education. It’s also in everyone’s best interest.
One in four of our state’s children is struggling with hunger. We have effective tools to fight childhood hunger – food stamps, school meals, summer meals, afterschool meals and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
Apple Health for Kids gives Washington families affordable, appropriate health care for their children. Thousands of parents have turned to Apple Health for Kids to secure regular check-ups and other services so that common childhood illnesses do not develop into chronic and costly health problems.
Ask these five questions for candidates running for state offices (state legislators and governor). Please scroll to see reverse side for questions for candidates running for Congress.
The Children’s Alliance urges you to vote NO on Initiative 1185. Initiative 1185 gives just 17 state legislators the power to block the reforms needed to create a sustainable future for Washington’s kids.
Read more about our position on I-1185.
The Children’s Alliance urges you to Approve Referendum 74. Public policy should support families to thrive and support their children – whether they are led by single parents, grandparents, married or unmarried parents or other loving adults.
Read more about our position on Referendum 74.
Hard times have hurt Washington’s children. Four out of 10 kids live in families that can’t afford the basics. Hunger has nearly doubled since the onset of the recession. Tens of thousands of additional children have been pushed into poverty. These hardships
disproportionately affect children of color.
When legislators gathered in Olympia from late November of 2011 to April 2012, we were there, too.
On February 29th, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the injunction prohibiting the Department of Social and Health Services from eliminating or cutting benefits provided under the State Food Assistance Program (SFA). Legal protection for more than 31,000 people, including 12,500 children, living in households receiving SFA no longer exists.
The Children’s Alliance is committed to a Washington State where all children can reach their potential. We believe every child deserves a loving family, equal opportunities to learn and thrive, and a social support system that helps keep them safe and healthy, no matter who their parents are.
Read more here.