Child Poverty

The State of Washington's Children

Created on: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 10:13pm

The State of Washington’s Children 2012 is a broad review of how Washington’s 1.5 million kids are faring in tough times. The report is issued by KIDS COUNT in Washington, a new partnership between Children’s Alliance and the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.

Read the report.

Media Release: Hundreds of Kids, advocates to deliver Special Session children’s proclamation

Posted on: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 9:20am

Wednesday, November 30 – The first week of Special Session will have a memorable closing day on Friday in Olympia, when hundreds of kids, parents, and advocates stand together at Children’s Alliance’s Have a Heart for Kids Day: 2011 Special Session. This will culminate in a rally with parent and youth speakers, and a Proclamation by the Children of Washington released and delivered to legislators.

The Facts about State Food Assistance

Created on: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 1:11pm

The state legislature reduced funding for State Food Assistance (SFA) by half for the current biennium. A court order is in place prohibiting the benefit reduction, however, pending the outcome of an equal protection and due process lawsuit on behalf of SFA recipients. Gov. Christine Gregoire has again proposed to eliminate the program.

Download The Facts about State Food Assistance to learn more.

Emergency room rule compromises kids’ health, equal opportunity


A state rule starting early this month has inspired public debate and a lawsuit making national headlines.

The consequences of this policy will threaten the safety and health of Washington’s Medicaid families. The rule imposes harmful and confusing limits on benefits for care received at the emergency room that could have severe consequences for children covered under Apple Health for Kids.

Letter to Sen. Patty Murray: protect kids in deficit talks

Created on: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 2:58pm

More than 60 partner organizations joined us in urging Sen. Patty Murray to protect kids in the course of federal debt negotiations. Read the letter.

Fuel Up First with Breakfast Challenge offers one solution to childhood hunger


State schools superintendent Randy Dorn joined the Children’s Alliance this week to ask school officials to think about how kids start their day: with their minds on their studies, or on their empty stomachs?

Members of our staff joined Superintendent Dorn and the outstanding educators and students of Auburn’s Washington Elementary School Monday morning to demonstrate a simple route to academic success: school breakfast.

The Children’s Alliance, Dorn and other anti-hunger allies have launched the statewide Fuel Up First with Breakfast Challenge. The Challenge aims to increase participation in school breakfast programs by 50 percent over the next two years.

Unemployment affected 1 in 8 kids in 2010


One leading indicator of hard times – joblessness – is chiefly considered a problem for adults. But when parents are without work, it impacts the entire family.

Last year, nearly 1 in 8 kids (169,000) in our state had at least one parent who experienced the fear and anxiety of unemployment. That marks an increase of 90,000 since the beginning of the recession in 2007.

Congress’ deal will have long-range impact on kids

Washington’s 1.7 million kids had no part in negotiating the deal passed by Congress Tuesday to raise the debt ceiling. But their futures will be affected by it, profoundly and perhaps disastrously.

In a very short time, Congress now stands to make decisions with far-reaching effects on programs used by the one million Washington households accessing food stamps; or the nearly 700,000 kids on Medicaid; or the 11,000 children enrolled in Head Start.