About PSBN

Our Purpose

Education is a proven pathway out of poverty, but many students in Washington State struggle to persist or complete educational programs because they cannot meet their basic needs for food, mental + behavioral healthcare, childcare, housing, or support to navigate existing systems.

These conditions disproportionately impact low-income students, particularly those who are Black, indigenous + people of color (BIPOC), first-generation, or parenting students. Now is a more critical time than ever to invest in their success.

Our support

The PSBN Coalition supports policy reforms that:


The PSBN Coalition has over 250 individual members from across Washington State, including students, school administrators, state agency officials, policymakers, private philanthropists + nonprofit service providers.

The lead + supporting partners for our 2023 advocacy agenda are:

Anti-Hunger + Nutrition Coalition

Communities for Our Colleges, Just Strategy

Washington State Association of Head Start + ECEAP

Northwest Harvest

Washington State Board for Community + Technical Colleges

United Way of King County

Washington Campus Children's Center Coalition

Washington Student Association

Washington Student Achievement Council