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Growth in Economy Hasn’t Helped Families Facing Economic Hardship

Posted on: Monday, July 20, 2015 - 2:34pm
SEATTLE – An additional 78,000 Washington children are growing up in poverty today than in 2008, at the start of the Great Recession. And child poverty is more common for Washington’s Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Black, American Indian and Latino children. 

A Historic Victory for Washington's Children

 

Passage of the Early Start Act is great news for parents, children, and all Washingtonians who share in the vision of every child succeeding in school and in life.

With today’s vote, a strong bipartisan majority of the House and Senate have sent the Early Start Act (House Bill 1491) to Governor Inslee’s desk.

We applaud the legislative leaders for early learning in all four caucuses—Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle), Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island), Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla) and Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane)—and the many legislators who supported the Early Start Act. They have acted on the years of research showing that high quality early learning builds stronger families, better schools, more self-reliant adults and safer communities. Early learning is a necessary part of any strategy to close the opportunity gap facing too many of Washington’s children in low-income families and children of color.

Click here for photos of advocates and kids celebrating as Gov. Jay Inslee signs the Act.  

Children's Alliance deputy director Jon Gould with early learning leaders Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla, left) and Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle, right) after the passage of the Early Start Act in the House of Representatives on Sunday, June 28.

Children's Alliance deputy director Jon Gould with early learning leaders Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla, left) and Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle, right) after the passage of the Early Start Act in the House of Representatives on Sunday, June 28.

 

 

 

Combined with a historic $158 million investment in early learning in the 2015-17 budget, passage of the Early Start Act marks a new level of commitment to early learning in Washington. 

Children’s Alliance applauds U.S. Senate for Renewing support for Apple Health for Kids

Posted on: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 9:12am
SEATTLE—Advocates for children and families in Washington applauded the U.S. Senate for passing a bill yesterday that extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years. 
The vote follows passage of identical legislation in the House. It demonstrates that members of Congress overwhelmingly support the CHIP program and understand it is vital to keeping kids across the country healthy.

Statement on the House Budget Proposal

Posted on: Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:07pm
The investments in the House budget proposal will help our state’s children reach for their full potential. 
Funding for the historic, bipartisan Early Start Act will give parents more opportunities for quality early learning for their children. Early learning builds healthy families, safe communities and a strong economy.
The House budget also ends the 25 percent cut to food assistance for immigrant families.

Children’s Alliance applauds U.S. House passage of support for Apple Health for Kids

Posted on: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:47pm

SEATTLE—Children’s health advocates in Washington state praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for taking action to ensure children in Washington state and across the nation continue to get the quality health coverage they need to succeed.
Today’s bipartisan House vote to renew funding for the highly successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will help ensure that kids from low- and moderate-income working families continue to receive the care they need to reach their full potential. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Innovative bill could relieve Olympic Peninsula's oral health crisis

Posted on: Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:32am

OLYMPIA—House Bill 1421, co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness), would create new dental therapists to provide urgently needed dental services on the Olympic Peninsula and in other areas across the state where oral health care is hard to get.

Read our press release.  

Media Release: Advocates for children, families file Amicus Curiae Brief in McCleary v. Washington

Posted on: Monday, August 4, 2014 - 11:57am

Contacts:

Siobhan Ring, Mobilization Director, Children’s Alliance, (206) 851-6475; siobhan@childrensalliance.org
Joaquin Uy, Communications Specialist, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, (206) 427-2999; joaquin@wliha.org
Charlie McAteer, Communications Consultant, Columbia Legal Services, (917) 696-1321, charlie.mcateer@columbialegal.org

For Immediate Release

MON., AUG. 4, 2014 — Advocates for children and families have filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the state Supreme Court, opposing one of the Court’s proposed remedies in the McCleary v. Washington case.

The Children’s Alliance, Columbia Legal Services and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance filed the brief this morning. The brief requests that, as the state moves to comply with the Court’s ruling, it refrain from funding education in a way that jeopardizes housing and other basic services to children and families.

“If we cut social programs to pay for education, everyone’s worse off,” says Paola Maranan, executive director of the Children’s Alliance. “In addressing our failure to uphold kids’ right to a basic education, we don’t want the solution to exacerbate the problem.”

Read the full release.

The filed motion and brief are available online here.

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Gov. Inslee takes prudent step to feed hungry kids

Posted on: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 9:40am

Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that he’ll protect Washington families from new, harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps).
The Governor will adjust the state’s utility-assistance payments to certain eligible households from $1 to $20.01, ensuring that thousands of families get the food assistance they need to feed their children.

NEW REPORT SHOWS RACIAL OPPORTUNITY GAP HURTS WASH. CHILDREN

Posted on: Monday, March 31, 2014 - 7:29pm

Today’s release of the KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, unveils the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels. The data can better inform policymakers who create policies and programs that can benefit all children, while targeting strategies and investments where attention is needed most.

Schools win cash for helping students "fuel up first"

Posted on: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 8:35pm

Eight school districts across Washington state have earned honors for serving more students the first meal of the day: breakfast.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, the Washington State Dairy Council, and the non-profit advocacy group for kids the Children’s Alliance are recognizing the school districts with gold, silver and bronze awards and cash prizes of $500-$1,500. The Dairy Council provided funds for the awards, and for colorful award banners to hang in local schools.