Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) was honored as a “Champion for Children” by the Children’s Alliance for her work and leadership during the 2023 legislative session.  

The award recognizes lawmakers who provide significant leadership to advance public policies that create opportunity for all of Washington’s 1.6 million children.  

Wilson was among 10 lawmakers in the Washington House and Senate who were honored with the award.  

The Children’s Alliance pointed to Wilson’s work to advance families’ access to quality childcare through the expansion of Working Connections Child Care. She sponsored SB 5225, which extended WCCC eligibility to immigrant families, childcare employees, and parents directed to find care by therapeutic courts.  

She was also recognized for her work on SB 5316, which addresses barriers to quality childcare and eliminates the fees paid by early childhood educators when they submit to routine background checks.  

“Improving the lives of children and families has been the focus of my work since I took office. I firmly believe that children are our future and when they succeed, we all succeed,” Wilson said. “I am incredibly honored to be recognized for my work and look forward to continuing to be a champion for children in future sessions.”