At its annual luncheon, the Children’s Alliance will present five awards honoring child advocates whose work has improved the lives of Washington children. These diverse activists have spoken up for children, youth and families—they have demanded healthcare for all Washington children, pressed for the rights of birth parents within the child welfare system, secured funding for early learning programs for the children most at risk of being left behind.
It’s hard to start a blog post on anything regarding the state budget without saying, “It could have been worse.” We all got our expectations lowered enough that a “win” was any cut that wasn’t as bad as expected. With budget news going from bad to worse, our early learning priorities shifted to protecting what we had. On that front we won some and we lost some. Here’s how it broke out by session’s end.
We've announced our nominees for the 2009 Voices for Children Awards. Each year at our Voices for Children Awards Luncheon, the Children’s Alliance honors individuals and institutions that are making policy work for Washington State Children. This year’s awards luncheon will be held on June 4 at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.
Each of the nominees is an outstanding advocate for kids. Award winners will be announced at the Voices for Children Awards Luncheon.
In crafting the state’s 2009-11 budget legislators made an effort to protect children from the worst of the budget cuts. But children live in families and communities that are facing harsh cuts in health care and other services.
Today the Senate made early learning programs for disadvantaged kids part of the definition of basic education.
What does that mean? Well, for starters, it means the state's program for low-income preschoolers, the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), will eventually be funded on a per pupil basis--just like K-12.
Right now, there are more than 2,600 qualified kids on the waiting list for the program. When the law is fully implemented, they should all have ECEAP seats if they want them.
As the Seattle Times reported today, Washington reached a sad milestone in March: Our unemployment rate broke 9 percent. That has distressing implications for kids. As we reported last month, the new State of Washington’s Children report projected that when Washington’s unemployment rate reached 9 percent, at least 37,000 children would fall into poverty.
Washington voters have spoken, and more than 70 percent of you support providing a preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds living in poverty.
A new report on child poverty by the research organization Child Trends makes for disturbing reading. Its findings—among them that child poverty has been on the rise since 2000—are especially ominous in the current economic crisis.
The Political Buzz blog of the Tacoma News Tribune picked up the Children's Alliance press release about the House budget proposal.
Kids helped, but not held harmless, in House budget proposal; Raising new revenue must be the next step
A new study of child poverty shows that the chronic stress of growing up poor hurts brain development.
The research offers insight into how poverty can limit the learning potential of children and may contribute to the achievement gap in school by impairing the brain's working memory. The working memory is the kind of memory that can hold a small amount of current information, like a list of numbers, to work with.
The Longview Daily News quoted Children's Alliance depute director Jon Gould in an analysis of a possible income-tax for Washington State.
“We believe the amount of revenue the state is generating is inadequate,” said Jon Gould, deputy director of the advocacy group Children’s Alliance. “We think the crisis we’re in calls for bold solutions and bold leadership.”
April 1, 2009—Beginning today, low-income Washingtonians who rely on the Basic Food Program (food stamps) to feed themselves and their children will see those benefits go a little further.