2017 Legislative Session
View (PDF) of ELAA's 2017-19 Operating and Capital Budget Draft Analysis for Early Learning Priorities.
Champions for Children are state lawmakers recognized by the Children’s Alliance for their outstanding service on behalf of children.
To be honored as a Champion for Children, a state lawmaker must provide significant leadership in protecting or advancing state policies or investments that improve the well-being of children in Washington.
Learn more about Children's Alliance's criteria for selecting Champions for Children (pdf).
Every child in our state should have the opportunity to thrive: a quality education supported by parents and community from cradle to career; enough healthy food to eat each day; and access to comprehensive, affordable health care that optimizes their well-being.
I. Short-Term Opportunities: Now through November 2017
A new report ought to prompt state lawmakers to further our kids’ education and e
We recently gathered our thoughts about what works to persuade lawmakers to act in kids
The Washington State Legislature is on the verge of taking unprecedented action on beha
A new analysis by KIDS COUNT in Washington shows the power of the state’s quality presc
Research Brief: Early Learning Improves Kindergarten Readiness for All and Dramatically Reduces Disparities for Kids of Color
We all have a stake in making sure that, from the day they’re born, kids can have the enriching experiences they need to get off to a great start in life. Research has found quality early learning can give children the tools they need to thrive academically and emotionally throughout their young lives and beyond.
Racialized rhetoric propelled President Trump’s harmful policy ideas toward the White House. Now, many of those ideas endanger kids in their homes, schools, neighborhoods and faith communities.
Parents and caregivers face the daily challenge of how to support kids in the midst of racialized rhetoric and bias incidents. Here are some resources that may help. Not all resources will fit each person or situation. Please exercise your own judgment and use what works for you.
Congress seems to be on the verge of toppling one of the pillars of financial support f
It’s a little past the midpoint of the 2017 legislative session.
Town halls are public meetings lawmakers host in their districts to hear from constituents and share updates on their work.
Participating in a town hall is a great way to advocate for kids. It allows you to build a relationship with your legislator, learn about their priorities, and raise issues that are important to you and to kids and families.
Frequently asked questions about town hall meetings:
PHOTO: Children's Alliance deputy director Jon Gould stands with Brian Cladoosby,
The nationwide momentum for greater access to dental care surged forward today in Washi