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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Advocates, Service Providers Condemn Trump’s “Public Charge” Income Test Adam Wed, 10/10/2018 - 09:08


SEATTLE, Wash. — The Protecting Immigrant Families – Washington coalition condemns new regulations proposed by the Trump administration that would effectively impose an income test on family-based immigration and scare millions of families away from crucial health, housing and nutrition assistance. 

Support Washington’s Babies and Young Parents

A new KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E.

Adam Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:01

Questions to Ask Candidates for the Washington State Legislature

State lawmakers can take important steps to improve kids’ lives in the 2019 state legislative session. Candidates for the Washington state legislature will make critical choices for our kids if they are elected in November. Their choices can help kids have great childhoods and grow up strong, and advance racial equity and opportunity for all our kids. Here are five questions for candidates for the state legislature about Children’s Alliance 2019 priorities for Washington’s children, youth and families. 

Data Brief: Ensuring All Kids have Opportunities to Succeed

For KIDS COUNT in Washington’s new

Adam Tue, 07/24/2018 - 14:11
KIDS COUNT report: Kids lead the way toward greater diversity in Washington

Our new KIDS COUNT in Washington demographic profile, “

Adam Wed, 04/04/2018 - 09:49
Champions for Children

Champions for Children are state lawmakers recognized by the Children’s Alliance for their outstanding service on behalf of children.

To be honored as a Champion for Children, a state lawmaker must provide significant leadership in protecting or advancing state policies or investments that improve the well-being of children in Washington.

Learn more about Children's Alliance's criteria for selecting Champions for Children (pdf).

Adam Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:42

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.

Department of Children, Youth & Families: an Historic Opportunity to Improve Kids’ Lives

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:

Expand the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program: Every Child Deserves a Great Start

The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is quality preschool that’s good for kids, parents and schools.

Washington has some of the highest child-care (including preschool) costs in the nation. That means some kids, disproportionately kids in low-income families and children of color, miss out on early experiences in preschool that can help them have a great childhood and thrive in kindergarten. ECEAP expands equitable access to high-quality, culturally responsive preschool.

Our Four Priorities for a Department of Children, Youth and Families

The proposal to consolidate programs and services into a Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in Washington State is a once in a generation opportunity to structure government for positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.

While there are many important aspects of this endeavor, the Children’s Alliance has identified four key areas for the focus of our advocacy. We recognize there are many issues involved and we will also play a supportive role on other issues that are deeply felt by our community.

These are our four priorities: