Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Lawmaker Testimonials

“The Children’s Alliance is one of the most strategic, thoughtful, knowledgeable and responsive organizations I have seen in Olympia. The organization’s deep commitment to racial equity helped inspire other legislators this year to restore food assistance to immigrant families—and to keep working for justice in the long term. Children’s Alliance understands the many facets and nuances of advocating for kids and families, listening carefully to feedback and integrating multiple perspectives into policy solutions. We simply would not have made the historic investments in early learning and critical support services that we did in 2015 without the brains and the heart of the Children’s Alliance.” 

—Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle


“The Children’s Alliance really knows what it takes to make Washington state a great place for all kids. The organization’s long-term commitment to the well-being of our state’s youngest learners created the political will for bipartisan support for the Early Start Act of 2015. Better policy is adopted when effective organizations like the Children’s Alliance are involved. Our state’s parents and children are fortunate to have child-centered, strategic, and effective advocacy from the Children’s Alliance.”

—Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island


“The Children’s Alliance was a key partner in crafting and successfully advocating for the passage of the Early Start Act. The Children’s Alliance cares deeply about outcomes for children and particularly children of color. The focus on racial equity in the entire early learning system was largely driven by the Children’s Alliance. Their leadership helped bring key votes to Early Start, making possible an historic improvement in the quality and effectiveness of Washington’s early learning system.” 

—Former Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina