Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

Washington Works on a Foundation of Care

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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.

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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.


Campaign Summary: A two-page overview of the campaign and our list of recommendations for legislators to help ensure an equitable recovery. Download pdf

Full Campaign Brief: A six-page brief detailing the impacts upon child care providers and programs that serve children and families in Washington state. Download pdf

Child Care Crisis Letter from ELAA: A letter to legislators from ELAA highlighting the impacts of COVID-19 on families and child care providers, and explaining what is needed for recovery. Download pdf.

Campaign Toolkit: This toolkit includes actions to take, summaries of the impacts of COVID-19 on child care, and stories from parents and caregivers across Washington state. Download pdf.

Child Care Stories from MomsRising: a collection of stories from Washington MomsRising members sharing their experiences of accessing or providing child care during COVID-19. Download pdf


Get Involved

Your voice and your story are powerful – and together our voices and stories are even stronger. Decision makers in Olympia need to hear from you about the foundational importance of early learning. Please join the Early Learning Action Alliance to take action on behalf of children and families and the providers who serve them.

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Join our Facebook Group

Connect with community and ELAA members on our Facebook page.

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Learn About ELAA

Find out about the coalition of organizations that make up the Early Learning Action Alliance.

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Take Action

Contact your legislators and demand they take action on child care.