Capitol buildingUnited Way of Pierce County's Advocacy Committee takes the issues to the experts. Members of our Early Childhood Development, Early Grade Excellence, Strengthening Families and Basic Needs and Support Service teams evaluate each issue and the recommendations of the Advocacy Committee and set their sights on the items that need the most attention. What results is a focused Advocacy Agenda used to educate legislators and advocate for key measures.

Ensure a Strong Start for Kids

Ask: Continued investments in and implementation of quality early learning programs via the bipartisan Early Start Act, particularly in increased access to ECEAP (more than 10,000 three and four year olds eligible for ECEAP do not have slots available), quality child care, and home visiting.

Ask: Support HB1295 concerning Breakfast After the Bell programs associated with improved outcomes for students, including fewer discipline incidents, better attendance and improved performance in standardized tests.

Build Strong Families/Basic Needs and Supportive Services

Ask: Sustain and increase the state investment for WIN 2-1-1.

Ask: Sustain and increase the State Housing Trust Fund; Housing and Essential Services (HEN) funding; and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Ask: Support HB1682/SB5065 Homeless Student Stability and Opportunity Gap Act. Improve educational outcomes for homeless students through increased in-school supports and a grant program that links homeless students and their families with stable housing located within the homeless student’s school district.

See last year's Advocacy results