Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

Health Care

Support Washington’s babies and young parents

A new KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation details hurdles that young parents face to support their children. These barriers threaten both the still-developing young adult parents and their young children, setting off a chain of diminished opportunities for two generations.

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.

2019 Legislative Agenda

We believe in the potential of every child. Poverty and racism erode kids’ opportunities. Our 2019 legislative agenda (PDF) reflects smart public policies that remove barriers and create opportunity—so all kids can thrive.

2018 Legislative Review

In the 2018 legislative session, Children’s Alliance led our many partners across Washington to advocate for good public policy—laws and public investments that create opportunity for Washington’s children.

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2018 Champions for Children

Each of the following legislators provided significant leadership during the 2018 legislative session in advancing state policies or investments to improve the well-being of children in Washington.
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Improve Family and Community Health

Provide premium and cost-sharing assistance to Washingtonians from Compact of Free Association nations to improve health equity for Pacific Islander families.

Have a Heart for Kids Day 2018

This event is free and includes lunch. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate. Children must come with an adult who is responsible for them throughout the event.

2017 Legislative Review

Every child in our state should have the opportunity to thrive: a quality education supported by parents and community from cradle to career; enough healthy food to eat each day; and access to comprehensive, affordable health care that optimizes their well-being.

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Learn, Love, Lead! e-mail series

In our Learn, Love, Lead! email series, we show what we can do together to protect and support Washington's children from new federal threats. Each week, we provide a resource you can learn from and share, or an action you can take to be the leader kids are counting on.

Smile survey reveals persistent disparities in access to oral health care

Tooth decay is a preventable disease that has serious consequences, and too many children are suffering for lack of care—especially children of color, kids in low-income households, and kids living in homes where English is not the primary language. Poor oral health hurts the physical and psychological well-being of children, as the report notes. As state data has previously shown, lack of access to timely care is a particular concern for families in communities of color.

Tips for Advocacy during Special Session

We recently gathered our thoughts about what works to persuade lawmakers to act in kids’ interests over the course of special session. Now that the Legislature has begun its special session to complete its work on the two-year budget, we share these three tips in the hopes that they can help us all be more effective advocates for kids.