Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

Early Learning

Washington Child Care Stories from MomsRising

Washington’s economy and workforce cannot recover without child care. We must support our families in need, protect our frontline workers, and invest in the child care system which has long been the most underfunded component of our state’s education system.

ELAA 2020 One Pager

This document gives an overview of the Early Learning landscape in Washington state and outlines the ELAA legislative priorities for the 2020 session. View and download (pdf).



Affordable, high-quality child care is out of reach for the majority of Washington families, according to a first-of-its-kind survey of parents statewide. The survey, part of a recent report by the state Department of Commerce’s Child Care Collaborative Task Force, finds that: - 49 percent of Washington parents find it difficult to find, pay for and keep child care; - 27 percent quit their jobs or left school or training because of a lack of child care; - 9 percent were fired or dismissed because of child care issues.

Results for Kids in the 2019 Legislative Session

Working with parents, policymakers and community leaders from across Washington state, Children’s Alliance advances public policies that address the barriers of poverty and racism in order to give every child the opportunities they deserve. In the 2019 session, our advocacy produced the following results:

Opportunity for every child

These areas are the product of systemic racial oppression both past and present: the interplay of policies, practices, and pernicious stereotypes that have deprived families of color while inordinately enriching white households. But these systems can change—with the joint work of government, engaged parents and community leaders.

ELAA Operating Budget Proposal Comparison v_4.9.19

Comparison of our ELAA legislative priorities as they are proposed by the Governor, House and Senate. Last updated 4.9.19