March 30, 2017
Children’s Campaign Fund Applauds House Budget
The Children’s Campaign Fund (CCF) welcomes the budget priorities recently released by the Washington State House of Representatives.
“In a year when so much focus is on fully and sustainably funding K-12 education, we appreciate that the House took the holistic approach to support the children of our state. We cannot fund public education through cuts to other essential state services and the House priorities recognize children have critical needs that extend beyond school grounds,” said Randi Abrams-Caras, CCF co-chair.
CCF is a dedicated board of directors who advocate for legislative leadership and legislation that promotes the whole child. We are a resource for families, community allies, and voters who care about how Washington will improve the health, safety, welfare, and education of every child.
We are pleased that the House is committed to revenue support for:
The new Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Chemical dependency specialists in child welfare offices,
Education support for foster youth,
Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) grant restoration,
Working connections child care and
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program
This year’s budget will have far-reaching implications for our state’s youngest residents. House leadership demonstrates they are committed to not undermining the needs of our children and youth, especially those who are most vulnerable such as children in foster care and youth experiencing homelessness.
“We support the House commitment to funding for education success for foster and homeless youth, children’s mental health, and Workfirst Poverty Reduction,” said Andy Clark, CCF co-chair.
“CCF and our supporters are unified in our stance that programs serving children—especially those from families who are most at-risk because of social and economic disparities—are not optional. We call on the Senate to do the right thing and address revenue in this critical budget year,” said Abrams-Caras.
Founded in 1990, the Children’s Campaign Fund is a political action committee dedicated to electing state leaders who will champion the health, well-being, safety and education of the children of Washington State, especially those most at-risk and underserved. CCF provides a non-partisan, collective voice and means for the people of Washington state to elect leaders who will put kids first, and to hold them accountable for supporting the whole child.