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2020 Legislative Agenda

At Children’s Alliance, we believe every child can thrive in a world rich with opportunity. We partner with public officials, parents and community leaders to create strategies that help kids overcome the barriers of racism and poverty.

LAWMAKERS CAN ADDRESS THE CHILD CARE ACCESS SHORTAGE

Affordable, high-quality child care is out of reach for the majority of Washington families, according to a first-of-its-kind survey of parents statewide. The survey, part of a recent report by the state Department of Commerce’s Child Care Collaborative Task Force, finds that: - 49 percent of Washington parents find it difficult to find, pay for and keep child care; - 27 percent quit their jobs or left school or training because of a lack of child care; - 9 percent were fired or dismissed because of child care issues.

Results for Kids in the 2019 Legislative Session

Working with parents, policymakers and community leaders from across Washington state, Children’s Alliance advances public policies that address the barriers of poverty and racism in order to give every child the opportunities they deserve. In the 2019 session, our advocacy produced the following results:

CHILD CARE ACCESS NOW ACT PASSES STATE HOUSE WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

OLYMPIA – A key piece of legislation for babies, toddlers, preschool-age kids and their families took a step forward yesterday with the passage of the Washington Child Care Access Now Act (HB 1344), with strong bipartisan support in the state House of Representatives. “This bill is a triple win: for kids, families and communities,” said Jon Gould, deputy director of Children’s Alliance. “HB 1344 envisions a brighter day, one in which Washington families no longer struggle with the high costs of child care.”

WASHINGTON RANKS AS A TOP STATE FOR BABIES

Washington ranks as a top state for babies, according to a report released today by early childhood development nonprofit ZERO TO THREE and children’s research organization Child Trends. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 is a first-of-its-kind resource that looks holistically at the well-being of America’s babies, providing a national snapshot and comparisons across states. The Yearbook compiles nearly 60 indicators—specifically for children ages 0 to 3—to measure progress across three policy areas: Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences.

Federal money for child care helps, but much more is needed

For healthy development, it’s imperative that babies and toddlers have the strongest learning experiences possible through high-quality early opportunities. Washington state policymakers, child care providers, and advocates have worked diligently on improving child care quality in Washington to give kids a strong start.