Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

2015 Legislative Session

Champions for Children

Champions for Children are state lawmakers recognized by the Children’s Alliance for their outstanding service on behalf of children.

To be honored as a Champion for Children, a state lawmaker must provide significant leadership in protecting or advancing state policies or investments that improve the well-being of children in Washington.

Learn more about Children's Alliance's criteria for selecting Champions for Children (pdf).

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Representative Tom Dent (R-Moses Lake) was honored for his commitment to the first five years of a child’s life on Tuesday, Oct. 18. 

Six legislators honored for work to expand access to high-quality early learning

Six state legislators were honored for their commitment to the first five years of a child’s life on Saturday, Sept. 17 , with Crayon Awards from the Early Learning Action Alliance.

The awards were presented to Senators Joe Fain (R-47th) and Steve Litzow (R-41st) and Representatives Chad Magendanz (R-5th), Ruth Kagi (D-32nd), Eric Pettigrew (D-37th) and Tana Senn (D-41st) at Green River College by representatives of the Early Learning Action Alliance.

Policy Brief: the Early Start Act

The bipartisan, historic Early Start Act (H.B. 1491) enacts unprecedented policies and resources to help ensure all children a great start.

 

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Provides parents with information about the quality of early learning so that they can make informed choices for their children.

Supports continuity of care so that children receive the consistent care essential for
bonding and attachment and parents can count on stable care.

Policy Changes Included in the Early Start Act

In 2015, Washington’s legislature passed and Governor Inslee signed the Early Start Act (HB 1491). The bipartisan, historic Early Start Act enacts unprecedented policies and resources to help ensure all children get the great start they need. The Early Start Act includes numerous provisions designed at increasing access to quality care for all children, particularly children in low-income families and children of color.

Raise Revenue: Our Tax System is Endangering Kids

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.

Invest in Early Learning in 2015

High quality early learning is a targeted investment that reaps huge returns: proven outcomes in school and in life. Every child deserves the opportunity for a great start. Pass the Early Start Act with culturally relevant care provisions and funding needed to close the opportunity gap.

The bipartisan Early Start Act (HB 1491/SB 5452)

Sponsored by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island), the Early Start Act aims to expand access to high quality early learning, particularly for children furthest from opportunity.

Restore State Food Assistance

Washington’s success depends on great educational outcomes for all children.

But one in 5 Washington children lives in a household that doesn’t have enough food to get by. It's hard to learn when you are hungry. That’s why more than one million Washingtonians receive federal food stamp benefits, and approximately 15,600 legally residing immigrants use State Food Assistance (SFA).