Advocacy - Because Everything We Do for Kids Matters!
Child Care Aware of Washington advocates on both the state and national levels for all WA families to have access to high-quality child care and early learning programs.
What's on top right now?
Washington's 2017 Legislative Session is a very important session for child care and early learning. The state is grappling with key education funding issues and a new biennial budget. CCA of WA and our partners are asking state legislators to Fund the Cost of Quality child care, and to help providers across the state mitigate the new state minimum wage increases. Read our . . Akhri ajandaha siyaasadda guud.
Do you want to make a difference for kids and families in WA? Visit our to easily make your voice heard in Olympia. Sign up to receive our advocacy emails so you'll know when your voice is needed most.
Share our on the impacts of low state reimbursement rates to child care centers. Comparta nuestra sobre los impactos de las bajas tasas de reembolso estatal a los centros de cuidado infantil. Read warqadda xaqiiqda halkan.
Washington's Child Care Providers Under Tremendous Strain
Our 2017 child care provider survey on the impact of WA's recent minimum wage increase shows that child care providers across the state are facing tough times and making tough choices. The impact is greater due to low state subsidy reimbursement rates and the long-term effects of the Great Recession. Now is the time to advocate on behalf of children and families! Click for results of our survey. Haga clic para obtener información de nuestra encuesta. Want to have even more impact? Send a letter to your local newspaper. We've made it fast and easy!
2017 Washington State Budget Proposals -
Not Good for Child Care
The Governor and both houses in the legislature have released their 2017-2019 budget proposals.
Click here to quickly and easily contact your legislator and tell them how these cuts will impact you. Click here for a printable one-pager comparing all three budget proposals. Haga clic aquí para ver un paginador imprimible que compara las tres propuestas de presupuesto.
At the federal level, CCA of WA joins our national organization Child Care Aware of America in advocating for no cuts to federal programs that support child care and the young children and families that need it. Right now President Trump is proposing to eliminate programs that support child care. Read about what is happening here. Contact your elected representatives in Washington, D.C. here.
Join CCA of America's new campaign Child Care Works to see how you can easily lend your voice to the effort to ensure that all children who need child care have access to care that is both high-quality and affordable.