ChildCare Aware of Washington
Washington State Makes a Historic Investment in Early Learning

Child Care Aware of Washington thanks our legislative early learning champions for their strong, bi-partisan support of the Early Start Act - Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle), Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island), Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla) and Andy Billig (D-Spokane). Their leadership paved the way for passage of this important legislation that demonstrates WA’s commitment to closing the opportunity gap. …
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The Seattle Times
State budget priority should be protecting the vulnerable

Every day we negotiate the budget in Olympia, we’re deciding what kind of a future we want for Washington state. In one Washington, abused kids and foster children are protected and cared for, adults with developmental disabilities have a home and medical care, and families have access to the help they need but can’t afford — whether it is job training, substance abuse treatment or housing. In the other Washington, vulnerable children and adults go without, and we all suffer the consequences. …
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Washington House Democrats
In a win for children, the Youth Opportunities Act passes legislature!

In a unanimous vote, the Senate passed SHB 1651, the Youth Opportunities Act that will seal juvenile records at age 18 for most youth offenders. The foundation of our state’s juvenile justice system is rehabilitation. It is most successful when youth reintegrate into society and become active, law-abiding, contributing members of their communities. But our current system makes that impossible. Washington is one of only eight states that have open juvenile records. …
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