Now is the time to get involved in Washington's 2019 legislative session to help solve Washington's child care crisis and invest in child care.
This is a critical time for child care and early learning.
- Compensation is too low: With child care educators earning less than dog groomers and a lead teacher turnover rate of 40%, compensation is a major issue.
- There’s not enough access: Just 44% of Washington’s children needing child care can access it.
- Families can’t afford quality care: Child care is more expensive than college tuition and public infant reimbursement rates cover only 10-20% of the market.
You can make a difference on these issues by advocating for better policies and funding. Learn how at an upcoming Advocacy Convening, co-hosted by Child Care Aware of Washington and the Child Care Action Council.
We need YOU to advocate for children!
We need child care providers and parents to take action for kids! 2019 is going to be a big year for child care and early learning at Washington's State Capitol. Become an advocate for early learning and child care. Volunteer for upcoming advocacy events by contacting us.
Strolling Thunder - ThinkBabies Event
Join parents and early learning leaders to advocate for accessible child care.
What's Happening on the State Level?
The 2019 legislative session is underway!
Please ask your legislators to support affordable child care and accessible early learning. This tool, hosted by the Children's Alliance, will help you compose an effective message and address it to each of your legislators while they're writing the budget in Olympia.
Washington's Child Care Providers Under Tremendous Strain
A statewide child care provider survey on the impact of Washington's 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.
Click here for results of the survey.
Haga clic aquí para obtener información de nuestra encuesta.
Share Child Care Aware of Washington’s 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.
Spotlight on the Issues
Uncovering the Workforce Needs of Pacific Mountain’s Early Childhood Education Industry
A qualitative assessment of current hiring, retention, education and professional development needs in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific and Thurston Counties, Washington (September 2018)
The early childhood education industry makes critical contributions to our economy. There are important workforce issues the industry needs help addressing so that it can continue to support the region’s working families and help children thrive.