Better wages and access to paid sick leave stabilize families and help kids grow up healthy and strong. One in five children in our state live in poverty and face long-term barriers to success in school and in life. Family-friendly workplace policies move us closer to ending childhood hunger and poverty. When crafted well, such policies are also a step toward racial equity, as people of color disproportionately hold low-wage jobs without paid leave benefits.
No Kidding: Children's Alliance Blog
Children’s Alliance executive director Paola Maranan delivered the following remark
No child should have to go without the health care they need for lifelong health.
No parent should have to choose between caring for a sick child and earning a day’s pay
The following positions on statewide ballot measures for the 2016 general election have been taken by the Children’s Alliance.
Initiative 732: NO
While designed to fight climate change, Initiative 732 threatens children in two ways. First, its tax breaks are insufficient to counter its full costs to low-income families, who are disproportionately families of color. Second, it’s predicted to worsen the state’s budget shortfall—jeopardizing programs and services kids need to thrive.
SEATTLE—State Senator Pramila Jayapal (D-37th) was honored for her commitment to the fi
Household incomes for Washington’s poorest families have yet to recover from the 2008 r
The state Supreme Court must not order action that would endanger children’s constituti
Bremerton mother Natasha Fecteau has been learning how to make a difference for kids fo
One out of every 14 children in Washington state has at least one parent who is or has
The Children’s Alliance has endorsed Initiative 1433 for a higher minimum wage and paid
Parents, advocates and community leaders during this 2016 legislative session have advo
End Childhood Hunger
Here in Washington, one in five children lives in a household that doesn’t have enough to eat. Childhood food insecurity disproportionately impacts children of color, and it undermines a child’s educational progress. Fight childhood hunger, including strategies to increase family economic security such as restoring Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Invest in Early Learning
For Washington to thrive, all of our children must thrive. That's why Children's Alliance partners with parents and other community leaders to push for public investments in key areas of child well-being.
This year, by opening the doors of power in Olympia to parents and advocates from across the state, we achieved two historic victories.
All children deserve a great start in life. But our state’s tax system puts too many of them in harm’s way.
Revenues as a proportion of the economy have shrunk over the past 15 years, resulting in cuts to basic services. Children in communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by these cuts.
Ending these cuts boosts our economy. Ending the 25 percent cut to State Food Assistance would generate more than $17 million in economic activity through June 2017.
The Children's Alliance agenda for the 2014 state legislature identifies four priorities that build a stronger Washington for our kids. Click here to view our legislative agenda.
Our 2013 Legislative Report describes the Children's Alliance's work for kids in partnership with coalitions and individuals from all across Washington state.
Together, our teamwork over the 2013 session won:
On Dec. 2, 2011, Children's Alliance gathered hundreds across the state on Capitol steps to issue a statement to lawmakers signed by Washington's kids.
Read our Proclamation by the Children of Washington State: For Us, By Us, For Our Future.