You're invited to CCF's 1st Annual

Champions for Children, Youth, and Families Awards:

Saturday, May 15 at 4:00pm Pacific Time

**ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR TODAY'S EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.**

If you'd like to attend our virtual celebration, please email jess@childrenscampaignfund.org.

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On International Day of Families, please join us for a virtual event to celebrate the many policy wins for children, youth, and families, and thank the leaders who made this historic legislative session possible! We'll share updates on our policy priorities and celebrate CCF-endorsed legislators who show us what it means to lead as champions for children, youth, and families.

We'll come together as advocates, hear firsthand from key champions about this historic session, and show our appreciation to these elected leaders. CCF's biggest fundraising event of the year, this is your chance to help CCF gear up for 2022 to elect and retain champions for children, youth, and families.

WITH GRATITUDE TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
VISIONARY SPONSORS
Rep. Ruth Kagi (Ret.)
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Rene Murry
Ann Ramsay-Jenkins
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Adam & Whitney Cornell
Rep. Mary Helen Roberts (Ret.)
Jack & Gayle Thompson
Susan A. Weiss
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2021 AWARD WINNERS

Champion of the Year
Rep. My-Linh Thai (LD-41)
In recognition of a transformative commitment to children, youth, and families across our priorities.

Rep. Thai championed powerful legislation across CCF's priority bills this session, with a primary focus on ensuring the basic needs of children, youth, and families are met through holistic investments in health, housing, and safety. Most outstanding was Rep. Thai's leadership and prime sponsorship of The Working Families Tax Credit -- garnering sweeping bipartisan support. This significant legislation will positively and quickly impact children and families across the state by providing a direct recovery rebate when most needed.

Rising Star of the Year
Sen. T'wina Nobles (LD-28)
In recognition of an impactful first term advocating for children, youth, and families.

Sen. Nobles has had a historic first year as a Senator. The first bill she passed as a senator was SB 5184 - a bill that establishes a building point of contact in all K-12 public schools for students in foster care. Having experienced foster care as a youth, Sen. Nobles has been a powerful advocate for young people in the child welfare system, and provided an impactful voice for Fair Start for Kids on what it means to have accessible and affordable childcare.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Celebrating leaders who went above and beyond in CCF's priority areas:

Early Learning, Childcare, and the Fair Start for Kids Act
Rep. Tana Senn (LD-41)
Sen. Claire Wilson (LD-30)

The Fair Start for Kids Act is a historic investment in the expansion of affordable, accessible, and quality early learning and childcare options across Washington state. Rep. Senn and Sen. Wilson worked collaboratively and tirelessly on companion bills during the interim and all session, ultimately taking this milestone legislation to the finish line with SB 5237.

 

As Chair of the Children, Youth & Families Committee in the House, Rep. Senn's leadership assured that many game-changing bills advanced this year. In addition to her focus on early learning and childcare -- including her dedication to progressive revenue that would fund these investments -- she also sponsored and co-sponsored multiple priority bills across CCF's issue areas.

 

In addition to prime sponsoring Fair Start for Kids, Sen. Wilson was the prime sponsor of every Senate early learning and childcare bill we prioritized and co-sponsored many of CCF's priority bills across our other key issues as well. We are grateful for the chance to celebrate both of these powerhouse leaders!

Basic Needs
Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley (LD-37)
Rep. Harris-Talley has made an enormous impact during her first year in the legislature. As Vice Chair of the Children, Youth & Families Committee, she advocated for many of CCF's key priorities -- including co-sponsoring nearly all of our housing, health, and safety bills this session. Rep. Harris-Talley rises to the top as a champion for holistic investments in the basic needs of families across our state.
Child Welfare
Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self (LD-21)
In her role as an elementary school counselor, Rep. Ortiz-Self recognizes that children and youth are best served when they are cared for by their loved ones and their communities. Rep. Ortiz-Self prime sponsored HB 1227, known as the Keeping Families Together Act, as well as HB 1194 which aims to strengthen quality parent-child visitation while in the child welfare system. Both bills garnered strong bipartisan support. Rep. Ortiz-Self is an outstanding advocate for children, youth, and families impacted by the child welfare system.
Juvenile Justice Reform
Rep. Jesse Johnson (LD-30)
As Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Rep. Johnson stands out as a champion for equity and accountability in law enforcement and criminal legal systems. He is the prime sponsor of one of CCF's priority juvenile justice reform bills this session, HB 1140. As passed, it protects the constitutional rights of young people and ensures they have access to an attorney when in contact with law enforcement.

Thank you to ALL the champions who made this a historic session for children, youth, and families across Washington!

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