This year, Children’s Alliance released a short survey to our members across Washington state through our email list, asking you what matters most to your family and the children in your community.
The survey got more than 200 responses, giving us a wealth of different opinions and outlooks on the issues affecting our kids and families. These responses represent about 3.4% of our total membership, and we take that into account as we review the feedback we’ve received. If you didn’t get the chance to give your input, or would like to follow up, we invite you to contact us at any time to share your thoughts.
Results: Areas of Concern
We asked you: which policy issues concern you most? Racial Equity and Early Learning/Child care emerged as the top concerns, followed closely by Mental and Behavioral Health Services. Other top concerns included Economic Security, Food Security, and Health Care Access.
We also asked members about the most important or urgent challenges facing the kids and families in their lives. We are so grateful for the open-ended responses that we received, and among the many issues raised, we saw ten common topics emerge. Among the top challenges were Mental Health, Child Care, Quality Education, and Economic Stability for parents and caregivers.
As we continue to push for policies in child care and early education, as well as in economic equality through balancing our tax code, we also encourage our members to connect with our partner organizations who are helping to support this work as well as expanding into the areas of mental health, housing, and more.
Results: Access to Care
We also asked members to let us know if the children in their lives had access to high quality, affordable child care, dental care, and health care. Survey respondents reported that child care was the least accessible of these.
If your family is currently struggling to access child care, we recommend using the Family Center at our partner organization, Child Care Aware of Washington, to find a provider near you.
Results: Respondent Demographics and Racial Equity
One of the core beliefs we hold at Children’s Alliance is that the families and communities who are most directly impacted by inequity are the ones who will be most effective at leading, advocating for, and shaping policy solutions. We asked respondents to volunteer information on their race, ethnicity, primary language, gender, and LGBTQ+ identity, as well as their home ZIP codes so we can use this information to develop outreach and advocacy strategies that lift up those voices and help us collectively advance equity and inclusion.
We also asked you for feedback on how we can improve our work to promote racial equity—both in our policy priorities, and in our operations as an organization. Among the open-ended responses we received, many members offered suggestions for policies to add to our legislative agenda, and others encouraged us to continue pushing on our current efforts.
We are exploring ways to engage more with our community members, and we welcome your continued feedback on how we can do better.
We appreciate the feedback of everyone who responded to our survey, and we will be weighing responses against many other data sources to help inform our outreach and policy priorities in 2022.
If you want to receive updates from Children’s Alliance and invitations to future surveys, make sure to join our email list. For more ways to help us advocate for policies that allow kids and families to thrive, check out our Action Center.