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A new report by the state Department of Commerce finds that affordable, high quality child care is out of reach for the majority of Washington's families. The survey found that: 
49 percent find it difficult or very difficult to find, pay for and keep child care;  27 percent quit their jobs or left school or training because of a lack of child care;  9 percent were fired or dismissed because of child care issues.
These problems not only have a negative impact on families, but also on our state's economy and productivity due to lost work hours and staff turnover.

Disproportionately high costs and long waitlists leave parents struggling to find the care they want and need to stay in the workforce and support their families. And the impact is most felt in communities of color, which often experience barriers to livable or high wage jobs.
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Uninterrupted access to high-quality care—the kind that surrounds children with a safe, stimulating learning environment—helps boost lifelong achievement. “Babies and young children learn best through relationships,” said Allison Krutsinger, early learning policy director at Children’s Alliance. “They need consistency and attentiveness from the adults in their lives. When they get that, they build a strong foundation for all the learning that comes later.”

To address the child care shortage, we're calling on lawmakers to connect more families with quality care by investing in Working Connections Child Care—a state program that pays a portion of child care costs, but doesn't cover the cost of high-quality care—when the legislature convenes in January. 

Tell the Governor We Need Affordable Child Care
This Saturday, October 26th, Children’s Alliance is hosting an advocacy training for our members and the public in Vancouver. Details below:
Vancouver Advocacy Day
Saturday, October 26th
10am to 3pm
Water Resources Education Center
4600 SE Columbia Way
Vancouver, WA 98668

This leadership training on effective public policy advocacy is open to all, with a focus on people of color and low-income communities in the Greater Vancouver area.  Participants learn how laws and budgets are made, and gain skills to deliver a powerful message, influence legislators, and get others involved in advocacy. In addition, we provide opportunities to discuss racial equity. Participants will be joined by guest speakers, including local elected officials. Lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact our Community Engagement Manager, Emijah Smith, at 206-324-0340 x25, or email emijah[at]childrensalliance[dot]org.

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