Children’s Alliance is very pleased to see a number of our priorities reflected in the most recent version of the bill as it passed the Senate Human Services, Mental Health, and Housing Committee on March 28, 2017.
Read about the detailed provisions of the legislation addressing Children’s Alliance priorities.
Research Brief: Early Learning Improves Kindergarten Readiness for All and Dramatically Reduces Disparities for Kids of Color
We all have a stake in making sure that, from the day they’re born, kids can have the enriching experiences they need to get off to a great start in life. Research has found quality early learning can give children the tools they need to thrive academically and emotionally throughout their young lives and beyond.
Racialized rhetoric propelled President Trump’s harmful policy ideas toward the White House. Now, many of those ideas endanger kids in their homes, schools, neighborhoods and faith communities.
Parents and caregivers face the daily challenge of how to support kids in the midst of racialized rhetoric and bias incidents. Here are some resources that may help. Not all resources will fit each person or situation. Please exercise your own judgement and use what works for you.
Town halls are public meetings lawmakers host in their districts to hear from constituents and share updates on their work.
Participating in a town hall is a great way to advocate for kids. It allows you to build a relationship with your legislator, learn about their priorities, and raise issues that are important to you and to kids and families.
Frequently asked questions about town hall meetings:
Child Care Aware of Washington's 2016 Data Report covers trends, child care supply, cost of care, & demand for referrals. Read the report (PDF).
Child care educators earn very low wages, child care center teachers turn over at a 43% rate, and 22% of child care businesses have closed since 2011. Without more public investment, these alarming trends will accelerate.
We call on the legislature to fund the cost of quality child care by investing $85.5 million into Working Connections Child Care center reimbursement rates. Read more here from Child Care Aware's fact sheet (PDF).
Children’s Alliance Priorities in the Department of Children, Youth and Families Legislation (2SHB 1661)
Children’s Alliance is very pleased to see a number of our priorities reflected in the most recent version of the house bill (2SHB 1661) as it passed the House Appropriations Committee on February 24, 2017.
This brief outlines the provisions in the legislation addressing Children’s Alliance priorities.
INVEST IN WORKING CONNECTIONS CHILD CARE
From Child Care Aware
We all have a stake in the basic services and supports that help Washington’s kids. We count on programs and services, quality schools, health care and other public goods that make Washington great. Our shared investments contribute to quality early learning, child nutrition, and other services and supports that let kids thrive.
The creation of a consolidated Department of Children, Youth and Families is an historic opportunity to improve outcomes for all children, especially those who face barriers to their healthy development and learning.
We support the proposal for a Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), with the following priorities:
Dental therapists can make dental care accessible.
Dental therapists work as part of the dental team to provide routine and preventive care.
Dental therapists can provide care to underserved kids and families in rural, low-income, and tribal communities and communities of color across Washington. They can also bring care to more kids and parents covered by Apple Health, and to those who are uninsured.
Children in Washington need dental therapists.