CCF was established in 1990 as a non-partisan political action committee in Washington state. It grew out of the defeat of the Children’s Initiative, a 1989 ballot measure that would have created a tax to ensure funding to support programs and policies for the well-being of children in Washington. Children’s advocates recognized that the Initiative failed, in part, because children lacked an effective voice in the electoral process. The founders of CCF agreed that it was essential for that to change.
Since CCF’s founding, there has been an increasing number of legislators who make children their priority.
Past co-chair of CCF, Rep. Ruth Kagi, is among many Fund-supported candidates who successfully ran for and now serve in the legislature. She is one of the state’s strongest champions for children, currently serving as Chair of the House Early Learning and Children’s Services Committee. She was joined in the House in 2005 by former CCF Chair Mary Helen Roberts, who was elected in 2004 to represent the 21st Legislative District. Representative Roberts is currently Vice-Chair of the House Human Services Committee and Vice-Chair of the House Early Learning and Children’s Services Committee.
CCF was created to raise and provide money to candidates for the Washington state legislature who will be champions for children. In the first election cycle in 1990, a total of $1,850 was donated to four candidates. In the 2008 election cycle, over $37,000 was given to support candidates in critical legislative races throughout the state.