We’ve been busy in Washington. In 2014 we supported the Seattle Preschool Program Levy. This project will serve 2,000 3- and 4-year-olds in Seattle in 100 classrooms by 2018.

In 2015, we helped pass Best Starts for Kids, which will give more children in King County the early opportunities they need to thrive. We also helped enact the Early Start Act, which improves access to high-quality early learning for Washington children.

People in Washington care about kids here in the United States and around the world. From expanding preschool for kids in the U.S. to ensuring children survive and thrive around the world, advocates in Washington are the voice for children.

We’re calling on elected leaders to prioritize a child’s early years and give all kids a bright future.

Now we are working to elect more lawmakers who will stand for children.

Upcoming Events

Elect Pro-Kid Champions: Volunteer with Save the Children Action Network

(map) October 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The general election is approaching; get involved this election cycle!

This election, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) endorsed state Senator Steve Litzow for Senate District 41, and state Representative Christine Kilduff for House District 28 and state Representative Ruth Kagi for House District 32. These three candidates are strong champions who will help expand access to high-quality early childhood education for Washington kids.

Election Day is on Tuesday, November 8, so it’s critical that we get the word out about these candidates now.

You can help by signing up to volunteer with SCAN’s phone banks for these candidates on Thursday, October 20!

Sign-up below to support SCAN and any candidate(s) of your choosing!

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Get Out the Vote with Save the Children Action Network

Your Home! (map) November 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

November 7 @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Would you like to help ensure that early learning is a priority in Olympia next year? Here’s your chance.

Join Save the Children Action Network’s virtual phone bank and help re-elect three strong champions for kids who will expand access to high-quality early childhood education for Washington kids.

A virtual phone bank is a fun and easy way to make a big difference, and the best part is you don’t have to leave your house. All you will need is access to a computer and a phone. During the first 30 minutes we will train you, and then we will make calls for about an hour.

Early Learning Priorities: How We Can Make a Difference for Kids in Washington and Across the Country in 2017

Kirkland Public Library (map) December 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Want to know what to expect next year from Congress, the Trump adminiElliot, a boy benefiting from Early Steps to School Successstration and the Washington State legislature when it comes to our children? And do you want to know how you can ensure we win victories for our kids?

Join us for Save the Children Action Network’s special post-election event at the Kirkland Public Library (308 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033).

Advocate for Kids Training: Learn how to be a voice for children in Washington and around the world.

Ellenburg, WA (map) March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Educate, activate and inspire yourself and others to be a voice for kids by joining us at OK group of kidsa free Advocate for Kids Training. During this training you will learn how to:

• Speak clearly and succinctly about critical kids’ issues,
• Make a case for early childhood education and the survival of kids around the world,
• Ask candidates and elected officials questions about how they will ensure kids are a priority,
• Be a powerful advocate for kids.

You will also learn what is likely to happen for kids in Olympia and Washington, D.C., and how you can make a difference so all our children can survive and thrive. 


Event Location

4881 Wilson Creek Road

Ellensburg, WA 98926

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Campaign Materials

We want to help you be an effective voice for kids. Below are resources to help you take action in your community.

Join Us

Contact your local Save the Children Action Network staff member to learn how you can be a voice for kids.

Ryan Murphy
Mobilization Manager, Washington

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2008, Ryan moved to Honduras to teach for two and a half years in a rural orphanage. When he returned to the United States, Ryan made a career in nonprofit social justice advocacy. He has worked on a variety of issues, including immigration reform, international human rights, preservation of safety-net programs, economic justice and environmental protection.

Prior to joining Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Ryan served as the Washington State Director of Working America, the National Organizer and Lobbyist for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and Social Justice Organizer at the University of San Francisco.

Shortly after getting married in 2015, Ryan and his wife moved to Seattle, Washington to settle down in what he says “is the best state in the country.”

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Mackenzie Chase
Government Relations Manager, Washington

Mackenzie works to expand access to high quality early education and care for children in Washington through state and local advocacy. After spending years working on diverse policies, Mackenzie is thrilled to be focusing full-time on high quality early learning that prepares children to thrive in school and life.

Before joining the team at Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Mackenzie worked as an Early Learning Policy Associate at Children’s Alliance. She also spent over four years working as a Communications Director and Research Analyst at the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she worked on policies ranging from capital infrastructure to grant programs for economically disadvantaged schools.

Mackenzie grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Boston, Massachusetts to get a B.A. from Northeastern University. She now resides in beautiful Seattle, Washington.

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