Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

2019 Legislative Session

ELAA 2019 Legislative Agenda

The Early Learning Action Alliance looks forward to working with state policymakers to achieve the following policies and funding in the 2019 Legislative Session. These priorities will improve child outcomes and move Washington closer to a state where every young child has equitable access to the opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

COFA Dental Coverage: Senate Bill 5274

The 2019 Washington State Legislature passed Senate Bill 5274, establishing a COFA Islander Dental Care program. This new bipartisan law makes no-cost dental coverage available to adults from Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations residing in Washington, who are income-eligible for Medicaid (below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level).

ELAA Recommendations

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ELAA Operating Budget Proposal Comparison v_4.9.19

Comparison of our ELAA legislative priorities as they are proposed by the Governor, House and Senate. Last updated 4.9.19

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NEW POLL: WASHINGTON VOTERS SUPPORT DENTAL THERAPY

Washington voters support the Legislature authorizing dental therapy this year, according to a statewide poll released today by the Washington Dental Access Campaign.

The state legislature is currently considering House Bill 1317, a measure that would allow dental therapists to practice and be trained in Washington state.

The poll, conducted by Patinkin Research Strategies March 7-11, shows 62 percent of Washington voters in support of dental therapy to provide routine, preventive oral health 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.

Student Parent Fact Sheet

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High Quality Child Care: Good for Babies, Families & Communities

Inadequate Working Connections Child Care subsidy reimbursement rates are standing in the way of access to affordable, high quality early learning opportunities for Washington’s young children and families. Invest in strong families and communities by increasing child care subsidy rates for infants and toddlers to 75 percent of the market rate.

Early Learning Facilities Fact Sheet

Capital Investment for Early Learning
The Need for Child Care Facilities
• Many families face daunting waiting lists for child care and are unable to work due to the lack of accessible, affordable child care.
• Lack of financing for facilities and capital improvements restricts the ability of child care and pre-school programs to expand.

ECEAP Fact Sheet

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