Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

No Kidding: Children's Alliance Blog

Kids’ health coverage at risk when Public Health Emergency ends

Access to health insurance coverage significantly contributes to child health and well-being. Medicaid (also known as Apple Health in Washington) is a critical health insurance program that allows low-income families and children to have access to high-quality and affordable medical, dental and behavioral health care.

2023 Legislative Agenda

Here in Washington, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated longstanding inequities faced by kids and families in communities of color. Access to health care, high-quality early experiences for children ages birth to 5, and progressive revenue are promising strategies to ensure that every child has an abundance of what they need to grow up into the people they dream of becoming. 

Making sure “every single family, every single child” has a strong path forward

“We can really change the course of history in Washington state.” These powerful words from Representative Noel Frame epitomize the message we heard at Path Forward 2022. Along with Representatives April Berg, Tana Senn, and Jamila Taylor, Rep. Frame joined Dr. Stephan Blanford at the Children’s Alliance office to talk about advancing racial equity for kids.

Champions for Children 2022

Champions for Children are state lawmakers recognized by Children’s Alliance for their work to further our annual legislative agenda. Each of the following legislators provided significant leadership during the 2022 legislative session in advancing state policies or investments to improve the well-being of children in Washington.

Exciting progress, and some disappointment, in 2022 session

Despite its short length, this legislative session bore significant victories for kids and families. And for the second year in a row, advocates from across the state were able to make their voices heard in Olympia by signing in to support or oppose bills and give testimony remotely.

State Budgets Show Continued Progress for Washington Kids

The House and Senate released their budgets earlier this week. Overall, we were pleased to see many of our priorities reflected in both budgets, which will result in positive impacts for our state’s children and families. 

2022 Mid-Session Update

The 2022 legislative session is progressing fast, we’re already past the halfway point! Here’s an update on some of our top priority bills: 

  • House Bill 1878, to get more free school meals to hungry students, passed out of the House Appropriations committee unanimously!  

ELAA 2022 Legislative Agenda

Though it’s less than a year old, the 2021 Fair Start for Kids Act is already lowering the high cost of quality child care for families across Washington state. Despite this progress, many of our families, businesses, and essential early childhood professionals are still struggling.

2022 Legislative Agenda

Children's Alliance 2022 Legislative Agenda

We believe in the potential of every child. But all too often, poverty, racism and the pandemic are putting opportunity out of reach.

Our legislative agenda seeks to protect kids, remove barriers and create pathways to success—so that Washington’s children and families stay strong, no matter what challenges we face.

2021 Legislative Review

Taking place amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 legislative session was like no other. While conducting the session remotely presented many challenges, it also made participation in the legislative process more accessible than ever before. Advocates from across the state were able to make their voices heard by signing in to support bills or testifying directly from their homes.  

2021 Legislative Agenda

We believe in the potential of every child. The challenges of racism, recession and pandemic pose acute threats to our children’s future—but we can meet them, together.

Our legislative agenda seeks to protect kids, remove barriers and create opportunity—so that children and families withstand the worst of these times and emerge ready to thrive.