Children's Alliance strives to advance early learning policy and investments that close the opportunity gap for children in low-income families and children of color.
Our goal is to create an early learning system in Washington that supports families by making sure they have high-quality options for their children’s early care and learning—whether their children spend their days at home, in formal child care, or with family and friends.
We choose policy priorities that create racial equality, undo the damage caused by racism and support families of color. We recognize that we can only improve the lives of ALL children if we start with those furthest from opportunity.
POLICY AND LEGISLATION
Early investments pay lifelong dividends. In the 2020 legislative session we're asking lawmakers to adopt and sustainably fund policies to expand access to high quality, culturally relevant opportunities for babies, toddlers and preschool-age children.
EARLY LEARNING NEWS
Want to know what we're up to? Check out our blog for updates from our members, press releases about our past and current policies, and news about upcoming events.
EARLY LEARNING ACTION ALLIANCE
We don't do this work alone. The Early Learning Action Alliance is a broad coalition of organizations representing a diverse array of Washington nonprofits, professional associations, businesses, and industries.
WASHINGTON WORKS ON A FOUNDATION OF CARE
Washington’s children and economy are threatened because the COVID-19 pandemic has put our early learning infrastructure at risk. Our state’s early education ecosystem was already fragile due to decades of underinvestment and now the economic impacts of the pandemic are destabilizing programs and compounding existing issues related to access, cost, quality, equity, and funding.
Families need early learning to be available and affordable, but many providers have been forced to close and many more are at high risk of closure due to the pandemic. The result is that families will not be able to find the care they need to go back to work and thousands of members of the early learning workforce will become unemployed, with many not returning to the field by the time the economy rebounds. For Washington to recover, the early learning system must be reinforced in this difficult time. All roads to recovery in Washington must go through a strong, viable early learning system.