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Head Start Programs On Front Line During COVID-19 Emergency

April 13, 2020
Recently I have been asked whether Head Start programs are open or closed during the coronavirus outbreak. The answer is that they are open and have been on the front lines throughout this public health crisis. Head Start programs in Washington State are providing child care to essential workers, homeless children, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and other priority populations as needed.
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New COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave is Now Available

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: New federal paid leave laws and what they mean for our families

April 6, 2020
New, emergency paid leave laws went into effect on Wednesday, April 1st. This includes emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family leave. If you have a problem or want more information about your rights, our partners at A Better Balance have a free and confidential helpline at 1-833-NEED-...
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Recursos para las familias del estado de Washington durante la pandemia de COVID-19

April 3, 2020
Estamos viviendo tiempos increíbles. Pero en medio del caos y de la incertidumbre de lo que tenemos por delante, lo mejor que podemos hacer es apoyarnos mutuamente. La pandemia de COVID-19 ha tenido un impacto desastroso para las familias de todo Washington, por lo que hemos creado una lista de...
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Resources for Washington families!

Resources for Washington State families during COVID-19

April 1, 2020
UPDATED ON 4/20/20 *En español* These are impossible times. But amid the chaos and uncertainty of what's ahead, the best thing we can do is to support one another. The COVID-19 pandemic has had disastrous impacts on families across Washington. We have compiled a list of resources here to share with...
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Victory! Governor approves bill to explore increased access to unemployment insurance benefits for caregivers

March 27, 2020
With everything going on right now, it's great to have some good news to celebrate. Today, Governor Inslee signed SB 5473 into law, a bill that will examine the barriers that family caregivers experience when trying to access unemployment insurance. There is no way to overstate this: Washington...
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Washington Legislators: Thank you!

March 13, 2020
Victory! Thanks to the advocacy of moms and families across Washington, the Washington State Legislature is ending the 2020 legislative session with some major victories on childcare and early learning, maternal health, comprehensive sex ed, and unemployment insurance access for family caregivers!...
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El programa PFML de Washington está atravesando significativos retrasos

March 12, 2020
El Programa de Permisos Familiares y Médicos Pagados (PFML) de Washington, administrado por el Departamento para la Seguridad en el Empleo (ESD) del estado de Washington, fue lanzado el 2 de enero de 2020. Este es el primer programa de este tipo en ser desarrollado a partir de cero y la demanda por...
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Washington’s PFML program is experiencing significant delays 

March 10, 2020
Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Program, which is run by the Employment Security Department (ESD) of Washington State, launched on January 2, 2020. This is the first program of its kind to be built from scratch and, demand for the program has been much higher than anyone expected...
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Paid leave is a racial justice issue

January 13, 2020
Since 2013, Families of Color Seattle has worked to build a loving community for Black, Brown, and Indigenous families in Seattle. Our work has connected 3,000+ families through parent affinity groups, workshops, community events, and more. As an organization dedicated to supporting families of...
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El programa de permisos pagados es una gran oportunidad para mi amada ciudad, estado, y negocio

July 24, 2019
Soy fundadora y CEO de The Derschang Group , un grupo de restaurantes, cafés y bares de Seattle, Washington. Mi primer negocio fue Linda’s Tavern, establecido en 1994, un bar de barrio que se ha convertido en una institución en Capitol Hill. En las décadas siguientes, abrí once bares y restaurantes...
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