Children's Alliance has joined ZERO TO THREE's Think Babies™ campaign to advocate for policies and programs that work for Washington babies and toddlers and their families.
About the campaign:
ZERO TO THREE™ created the Think Babies campaign to make the potential of every baby a national priority. The science is clear. Our brains grow faster between the ages of 0-3 than any later point in life, forming more than one million new neural connections every second. When babies have nurturing relationships, early learning experiences and good nutrition, those neural connections are stimulated and strengthened, laying a strong foundation for the rest of their lives. When babies don’t get what their growing brains need to thrive, they don’t develop as they should. This leads to lifelong developmental, educational, social, and health challenges. When we Think Babies and invest in infants, toddlers and their families, we ensure a strong future for us all.
In 2018 we worked with a broad set of partners to learn more about the issues facing infants and toddlers in Washington state. To inform the policy and advocacy direction of the state based campaign, we completed a robust and multifaceted landscape analysis. The analysis was informed by over 100 partners through a day-long convening to dialogue and gather information.
The analysis and convening, in addition to in-depth partner conversations, led to the creation of a 2019 Think babies Legislative Agenda. Our 2019 legislative priorities included:
- Prioritizing the Working Connections Child Care rate increase in the state budget, especially for infants and toddlers;
- Passage of House Bill 1344, the Washington Child Care Access Now Act;
- Passage of an Early ECEAP pilot; and
- Prioritizing investments to recruit and retain a diverse child care workforce.
Advocates and partners showed up big for babies! As a result, the 2019 Think Babies agenda saw tremendous success! Washington passed the Child Care Access Now Act, increased child care subsidy rates, and passed authorizing language for an Early ECEAP program.
Washington State Strolling Thunder
Strolling Thunder is a fun, family-friendly rally to encourage policymakers to Think Babies in support of stronger families, vibrant communities, and prosperity across the country! Check out this years' highlights from the Strolling Thunder 2019 photo album on Facebook. Stay tuned for information on Strolling Thunder 2020!
For more information about our Think Babies Campaign in Washington, contact Keshia Porcincula (Keshia.Porcincula@childrensalliance.org; 206-324-0340 ext. 14).
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