Panorama view of Seattle downtown skyline and Mt. Rainier, Washington.

Issues and Statistics

  • There are 1,602,721 children under 18 in Washington. (2014)
  • Children Living in Poverty – 18 % (2014)
    • 1 in every 6 Washington children
    • 29% or 467,000 of WA children have parents who lack secure employment (no parent has regular full-time employment)
  • Children Receiving Public Only (Medicaid/CHIP) Health Insurance – 517,000 (2014)
  • Children Not Covered by Health Insurance – 79,000 (2014)
  • Child Abuse & Neglect Victims – 7,341 (2014)
  • 60% of Washington’s 3-4 Year Olds Not Enrolled in a preschool program – (2014)
  • 29% of 4th Graders Scoring below Basic Reading Levels; 60% of 4th Graders Scoring Below Proficiency Reading Levels – (2015)
  • 59% of Washington children under the age of 6 have all available parents in the labor force
  • Cost of center-based childcare: $799/mo for 4-year-olds, $1,061/mo for infants