Group of kidsKIDS COUNT in Washington is a partnership between the Budget & Policy Center and Children’s Alliance to help improve young lives.

Together, we gather and analyze the best emerging data on how kids are doing in our state, and then turn that information into action on issues like poverty, hunger, health care, education, and racial equity.

KIDS COUNT in Washington understands that information is power. We seek a dialogue between what the data says and what communities know about kids. We put real life behind real numbers by pairing hard data with personal stories to give policymakers and the public the information they need to create brighter futures for our children.

Visit the KIDS COUNT in Washington website.

Need Data on Kids and Families?

The KIDS COUNT Data Center has over one hundred indicators on children and families. Washington KIDS COUNT and the National KIDS COUNT network update these data for Washington state annually.  To learn more about the Data Center and how to use it, watch the video below:


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Budget Beat!

We host regular Budget Beat webinars throughout legislative session to bring you updates and breaking news from Olympia and timely policy analysis. Join us on Friday, June 23, for a Budget Beat about federal budget proposals, featuring Louisa Warren of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. And visit our YouTube channel to watch our previous Budget Beats. 

Testimonies in Olympia

To advance our legislative priorities, the Budget & Policy Center team is in the state capitol throughout session testifying on a wide range of bills. Watch our recent testimonies on TVW:
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View Our School Funding Plenary 

Roxana_BMC_plenary_2016View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond." Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW, the plenary features Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; Lew Moore of the Washington Research Council; Roxana Norouzi of OneAmerica; and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The plenary starts after an intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.