Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

2009: Legislative Session Kids Are Counting On You

In crafting the state’s 2009-11 budget legislators made an effort to protect children from the worst of the budget cuts. But children live in families and communities that are facing harsh cuts in health care and other services. Children will suffer when their parents lose jobs, lose health insurance and can’t make ends meet. In a time of growing poverty and growing need the state budget falls short of giving children and families the support they need to get through the severe recession we now face.

2009 Legislative Session Review

Children's Alliance statement on the final Washington State budget
Analysis of early learning funding in the final Washington State budget
Analysis of children's health funding in the final Washington State budget

More budget information:


Kids from around the state joined a virtual rally throughout the 2009 legislative session to tell lawmakers: We're counting on you! 

Watch one mom testify in the state legislature, or read a mom's story of how home visiting programs helped her child.