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Advocacy - Because Everything We Do for Kids Matters!

Child Care Aware of Washington advocates for all WA families to have access to high-quality child care and early learning programs, and for our state's child care professionals to earn a living wage.

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.

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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 Public Policy Agenda. Lea nuestra Agenda de Políticas Públicas. Akhri ajandaha siyaasadda guud.

Advocacy Action Center

Do you want to make a difference for kids and families in WA? Visit our Action Center 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 fact sheet on the impacts of low state reimbursement rates to child care centers. Comparta nuestra hoja informativa 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 here for results of our survey. Haga clic aquí 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!

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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.

 

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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.

 

National Advocacy

At the federal level, CCA of WA joined our national organization, Child Care Aware of America, in advocating for no cuts to federal programs that support child care in the budget for the remainder of FY 2017. Thanks to the efforts of thousands of advocates across the country, proposed cuts to child care programs were eliminated, and some increased funding was granted through Sept. 30, 2017.

Now planning shifts to next year's federal budget. Deep cuts to child care programs are included in President Trump's proposals under a $13 billion reduction in funding to the Department of Health and Human Services, which funds many of the programs young children and families rely on for access to quality child care. Read about what is happening here. Contact your elected representatives in Washington, D.C. here, and ask them to protect funding for child care.

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.


 


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