Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

Path Forward 2021



A community conversation about advancing racial equity for kids through public policy  

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Please join us for a special online event, featuring a conversation between Children’s Alliance Executive Director, Dr. Stephan Blanford, and emerging policy and advocacy leaders in Washington. Together, they will explore how we can build a better future for all of us through equity-focused policies for kids.   

Thursday, November 4, 1:00-2:00 pm 

Space is limited. Register for free at to receive the Zoom link for the event. 

About Our Speakers

Dr. Stephan Blanford has dedicated much of his career to advocacy and policymaking for children and families. In addition to his role as executive director for Children’s Alliance, he serves on the national board of Partnership for America’s Children and as the Board Chair for Integrated Schools, a nationwide organization that mobilizes families to practice antiracist school integration. Stephan was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington Child Care Collaborative Task Force and Dental Therapy Task Force.  

State Representative Noel Frame has served in the Washington State Legislature since January 2016 and represents the 36th District. She is currently the Chair of the House Finance Committee, a Co-Chair of the Tax Structure Work Group, and a member of the House Appropriations and Community & Economic Development Committees. She is deeply committed to tackling the root causes of systemic issues facing families in crisis, such as eradicating poverty and increasing access to quality healthcare.

Kerra Bower is the owner and director of Little Scholars Early Learning Center, a family centered holistic education center in Spokane, WA. She is also the founder of Raze Early Learning and Development Center, a developing childcare center with a mission to change the narrative of the Black student through the eradication of stereotype-driven bias that perpetuates the preschool to prison pipeline. 

Megan Pirie serves as a Parent Ambassador for the Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP. She is also a co-founder and director of the Eastern Washington chapter of All of Us or None, a grassroots civil and human rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly and currently incarcerated people and their families.