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Finland Doesn’t Leave Survival to the Free Market – We Shouldn’t Either

Our state had an important visitor last week. Not a movie mogul, not a billionaire, not a high-tech Amazonian full of hubris. Someone much more important, with a message for building the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Her name

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Equal Pay, Health Care, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days, Progressive Tax Reform

No one is profiting from the high cost of child care

Affordable child care is becoming increasingly unobtainable for Washington families. As the need for child care continues to grow, investment in public programs is dropping and providers are leaving the workforce. A study from New America shows that it costs

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Strong Show of Support for Paid Family and Medical Leave in House Labor Committee Hearing

Workers, business owners, health care experts, and community groups testify in support of bill to create Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Today the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee heard public testimony on the Washington Work and Family Coalition’s

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Study: ‘B-minus’ for WA workplace laws concerning expectant and new parents

SEATTLE — The Evergreen State has room for improvement when it comes to protecting working families, according to a new report. The National Partnership for Women and Families gave Washington a “B-minus” grade in a recent study assessing states’ workplace

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Wages too low, options too few: Washington’s child care crisis impacts children, parents, providers

For Laura Chandler, seeing parents struggle with the rising costs of child care and dwindling availability is almost a daily occurrence. Chandler has worked as an early learning curriculum coordinator at Small Faces in Seattle for almost three decades: “I’m proud

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

New poll shows importance of paid sick leave to parents of young children

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital just released a national poll on children’s health — “Sick Parents, Struggling Kids,” which confirms loss of pay and/or a job are real concerns of parents whose young children are or may

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days

Training Makes a Difference

Training Makes a Difference

February 7, 2012

For many families, finding child care arrangements that are affordable and available at the times needed can present a great challenge. Many parents rely on child care provided through an informal network of family members, friends, and neighbors (FFN). Parents

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

State investments in training make a difference for child care providers

New research shows “family, friend and neighbor” (FFN) childcare providers with higher levels of education or training are more likely to have the skills to provide higher quality care for children, resulting in improved health and safety, and richer learning

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Preserving Working Connections Child Care protects our families and our economy

Yesterday, my colleague Alex wrote about how the state’s Working Connections program helps working parents by making child care affordable. He’s right – but that’s only part of the story. High-quality child care is also crucial to getting children ready

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Posted in Early Learning, Educational Opportunity

Washington’s Working Women 2010: Progress stalled without new workplace policies

Washington’s Working Women 2010: Progress stalled without new workplace policies

May 7, 2010

The lingering impacts of recession highlight the central importance of women’s  work to family economic survival – but also the gulf that still separates women’s  earnings from men’s, and the need for new policies that promote healthy  workplaces and healthy

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Equal Pay
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