Our legislative priorities are informed by CCF’s staff, board, and input from coalitions and community members in alignment with our mission, vision, and values. We are eager to share our list of priority bills and their progression through the 2022 legislative session. We're also excited to highlight a few especially powerful speeches from CCF-endorsed champions this session in our new spotlight videos below.

Review the list of CCF's priority bills passed during the 2022 legislative session

Review the step-by-step progress CCF's

priority bills during the 2022 legislative session


We believe that Washington's children, youth, and families deserve a state legislature that prioritizes and votes for them 100% of the time. We are heartened to report that, on average, CCF-endorsed legislators vote in favor of policies impacting children, youth, and families more often than non-endorsed legislators. We recognize there is much work ahead to hold our leaders accountable and retain and elect champions.

CCF staff have tracked and analyzed every legislator's votes across CCF's priority bills during the 2021 and 2022 sessions; for the first time in CCF's history, we are eager to offer details about how different groups of legislators voted overall as well as by individual issue area, including scoring the Washington State Legislature as a whole, to present a comprehensive picture of the policy landscape for children, youth, and families in Washington State.

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In 2022, our priority is to maintain and build on the historic policy wins and investments from the last session to eliminate racial disparities and other inequities impacting children, youth, and families.

  • BASIC NEEDS: Ensure basic needs are met through equitable, holistic, and sustainable investments in the behavioral and physical health, housing, safety, and well-being of children, youth, and families.

  • CHILD WELFARE: Prioritize the safety and well-being of children, youth, and families impacted by the child welfare system through investments that: (1) aim to eliminate racial disproportionality; (2) provide services and supports to keep families together and prevent the trauma of family separation; (3) provide comprehensive and culturally responsive services delivered by adequately trained staff to children and youth placed in the child welfare system; and (4) support positive and healthy transitions of youth exiting the child welfare system.

  • EARLY LEARNING, CHILDCARE, AND FAMILY SUPPORT: Invest in culturally responsive, affordable, accessible, and quality childcare, universal pre-K, and family support programs that equitably and sustainably support children and caregivers.

  • JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM: Prioritize community-based interventions, diversion, restorative alternatives, and wraparound supports that prevent children and youth involvement in juvenile court systems and eliminate racial disparities while adequately serving youth currently in and transitioning out of the juvenile court system.

  • IDD/DISABILITY ADVOCACY: Create sustainable funding streams for programs that provide accessible, equitable, and comprehensive support for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and other disabilities.

  • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Create sustainable funding streams for programs and resources that build on the gains of early investments and equitably provide the wraparound supports young people need to learn, grow, and successfully transition to adulthood.

*While K-12 education is unquestionably a priority impacting children, youth, and families, it is not a specific area of focus for CCF; we continue to lean on the dedicated advocates working in this space and any individual items relating to learning and development more broadly are otherwise reflected within our priorities.

To view or download our set of priorities as a PDF, please click here.

To view a full list of the children’s champions we endorsed in the 2020 election cycle, please click here.

For media inquiries or questions about our legislative priorities, please contact:
Jess Agi (she/her) - CCF Executive Director: 


Now is the time to invest in Washington’s kids and families.

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Click here to learn more about our 2020 Invest in Washington’s Kids Campaign.