OLYMPIA—House Bill 1421, co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness), would create new dental therapists to provide urgently needed dental services on the Olympic Peninsula and in other areas across the state where oral health care is hard to get.
Siobhan Ring, Mobilization Director, Children’s Alliance, (206) 851-6475; firstname.lastname@example.org
Joaquin Uy, Communications Specialist, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, (206) 427-2999; email@example.com
Charlie McAteer, Communications Consultant, Columbia Legal Services, (917) 696-1321, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release
MON., AUG. 4, 2014 — Advocates for children and families have filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the state Supreme Court, opposing one of the Court’s proposed remedies in the McCleary v. Washington case.
The Children’s Alliance, Columbia Legal Services and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance filed the brief this morning. 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.
“If we cut social programs to pay for education, everyone’s worse off,” says Paola Maranan, executive director of the Children’s Alliance. “In addressing our failure to uphold kids’ right to a basic education, we don’t want the solution to exacerbate the problem.”
Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that he’ll protect Washington families from new, harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps).
The Governor will adjust the state’s utility-assistance payments to certain eligible households from $1 to $20.01, ensuring that thousands of families get the food assistance they need to feed their children.
Today’s release of the KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels. The data can better inform policymakers who create policies and programs that can benefit all children, while targeting strategies and investments where attention is needed most.
Eight school districts across Washington state have earned honors for serving more students the first meal of the day: breakfast.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, the Washington State Dairy Council, and the non-profit advocacy group for kids the Children’s Alliance are recognizing the school districts with gold, silver and bronze awards and cash prizes of $500-$1,500. The Dairy Council provided funds for the awards, and for colorful award banners to hang in local schools.
Seventy-one community based organizations from across the state have joined together to call for full restoration of State Food Assistance for Washington children, elders, and families.
The organizations, representing people in communities of color and anti-hunger organizations like food banks, are asking state legislators to restore full funding to State Food Assistance, a crucial form of food support for children in immigrant families.
Apple Health for Kids, Washington’s health coverage program for children, has won $7.84 million from the federal government for connecting more children to health care. Read our press release about the bonus award.
New national data shows that state and federal policies fail to connect thousands of Washington children to the opportunities they need for success in school and in life.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest KIDS COUNT policy report, “The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success,” presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life.