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. This document is a collection of stories from Washington MomsRising members sharing their struggles of accessing or providing child care during COVID-19.
Letters to the editor are important tools for advocates like you. They influence the press’s coverage of issues facing Washington’s kids and families; legislators read them; and they raise public awareness among fellow readers in your area. Use this guide to help you compose a letter and find publications to send it to.
A review of legislative progress for early learning in the 2020 session and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the state budget.
A letter from the Early Learning Action Alliance to Governor Inslee and Secretary Hunter to request financial aid and support for the early learning and child care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A letter from members of the Washington state legislature to the Washington congressional delegation to request significant investments in child care in the COVID-19 economic relief package.
A letter supported by the ELAA coalition, and circulated by our colleagues in states across the country, urging significant investments in our child care industry in the third COVID-19 economic relief package.
In the midst of the 2020 legislative session, your legislators are back home and they want to hear from YOU. Now’s your chance to speak up for kids and families. Find a town hall near you.
This document explains the "Homeless Grace Period" and the argument for extending it and investing funds to increase early learning opportunities for vulnerable children. View and download (pdf).
This document explains the positive impact of home visiting and outlines how lawmakers can invest state funding to expand the program. View and download (pdf).
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).
The Early Learning Action Alliance looks forward to working with state policymakers to achieve the following policies and funding in the 2020 Legislative Session. These priorities will improve child outcomes and move Washington closer to a state where every young child has equitable access to the opportunity to succeed in school and in life. Read our legislative agenda (PDF).
At Children’s Alliance, we believe every child can thrive in a world rich with opportunity. We partner with public officials, parents and community leaders to create strategies that help kids overcome the barriers of racism and poverty.
In the 2020 legislative session, lawmakers can work in three key areas to build the strong, shared future every child deserves: