On Monday, March 23, 2020, Gov. Inslee issued a stay-at-home order. For complete details and to watch his address, click here.
Very young children have previously been among the most under-counted groups in the United States census. With billions of federal dollars dependent upon population, it is important to count everyone, including every infant and child.
Thanks to the Washington Census Equity Fund, our state’s nonprofit community is stepping up to help ensure the accuracy of the 2020 Census. Child Care Aware of Washington recently won a grant from the Equity Fund to help ensure that all of Washington’s youngest children are included. With billions in federal investments dependent on population (Washington received more than $16 billion in federal funds in 2016 based on the 2010 census) it is clear that counting everyone matters.
We look forward to joining dozens of other nonprofits in helping with this important effort. In the coming weeks we will create informational postcards for child care providers to share with families to help them understand the importance of an accurate census count. In the meantime, see who the other grantees are here: http://bit.ly/2QQbJml.
Child Care Aware of Washington joins our national children and family advocacy colleagues in opposing the current federal administration’s plan to take funding from previously approved and funded military child care projects to help pay for a wall along our southern border. Military families at all of our bases deserve safe, clean and enriching early learning environments for their young children when their parents are working and/or deployed.
While there are no plans at this time to cut child care programs at bases in Washington, Child Care Aware of Washington believes all military families at all of our bases deserve high-quality child care programs for their young children. When military families cannot find safe, high-quality care, they must either choose more expensive licensed care off-base, resort to potentially unsafe unlicensed child care, or even forgo the income of one working parent altogether by deciding that one parent should exit the workforce. Military families invest their lives in keeping our country safe, and our country should ensure that their children are safe and thriving in high-quality child care programs.
Child Care Capacity Recovery Uneven Across Washington
TACOMA, WA –Aug.14,2018–Child Care Aware of Washington’s newest data show that while statewide child care capacity is nearing pre-Great Recession levels, the recovery has not been even across the state. Twenty of Washington’s 39 counties still have less licensed child care capacity than they did five years ago, reducing access to child care for families in many regions of the state. Of the 20 counties with lower capacity, more than half experienced double-digit declines.
The new federal budget has been signed. Thanks to child care and early learning advocates across the country and right here in Washington State, it contains the biggest funding increase for child care ever! Read MoreSignificant Federal Increase to Child Care Block Grants
Child Care Aware of Washington strongly supports the Child Care for Working Families Act. This important legislation would dramatically improve the lives of millions of families across the United States by making high-quality child care and early learning programs more affordable and more accessible for all. Read MoreChild Care Aware of Washington Supports the Child Care for Working Families Act
The Governor and both houses in the state legislature have released their 2017 – 2019 budget proposals. The news is not good for Washington’s child care system. Read MoreConcerns for State’s Lack of Support for Child Care
Child Care Aware of Washington announces the release of its 2017 county-specific child care data, providing the latest information about the supply, demand and costs of child care in every county in Washington. Read More2017 County-Specific Child Care Data Released