By Christine Loredo, Donor Relations Director
Over the past year, members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have documented an alarming increase in acts of violence and discrimination against their communities.
When we all come together to support each other, especially in times like these, we build a foundation for a healthy future.
Here in Washington and across the country, the open enrollment period for health coverage on state-based exchanges has begun.
Black Lives Matter.
Our communities are facing an unprecedented level of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you are feeling the hardships resulting from the necessary measures we must take to reduce the transmission and impact of this dangerous virus. We hope that you and the kids you care about are safe and healthy.
Washington state currently ranks sixth in the nation for the number of people living in child care deserts. This includes the residents of Whatcom County, who are at risk of losing 15 percent of their already inadequate number of available child care slots.
Lawmakers have heard from parents, business owners and community-based leaders this legislative session about how to support the healthy development of babies, toddlers, preschool-age kids and their parents.
For healthy development, it’s imperative that babies and toddlers have the strongest learning experiences possible through high-quality early opportunities. Washington state policymakers, child care providers, and advocates have worked diligently on improving child care quality in Washington to give kids a strong start.
A new KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation details hurdles that young parents face to support their children. These barriers threaten both the still-developing young adult parents and their young children, setting off a chain of diminished opportunities for two generations.
As we advocate for the developmental needs of young children, Children’s Alliance has long understood that learning begins at birth. Every interaction, whether it’s with a parent, grandparent, auntie, babysitter or licensed child care professional, is an occasion to build young minds and foster healthy connections.
Our new KIDS COUNT in Washington demographic profile, “Kids are Leading the Way Toward a New Washington,” shows how kids of color are leading our state into a more racially diverse future.
Children’s Alliance members and staff joined parents, advocates, policymakers and families from across the state on Thursday, March 22 to witness the signing of Senate Bill 5683, delivering needed access to health care to Washington residents from three Pacific Island nations.