Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the District, child care/early learning programs were already stretched thin. There weren’t enough slots for all the infants and toddlers who needed them.
In its inaugural year, the Under 3 DC coalition of parents, early childhood educators, community-based organizations, business owners, and health professionals worked together to reverse the mayor’s budget cuts to child care.
By Luis Chavez | I’m a Parent Resource Worker at Mary’s Centers home visiting program where we provide materials and developmental support to new and expecting moms in the District.
By Michal Young, MD | A significant racial disparity exists among the certified lactation consultants for the District. We’re working with the Department of Health to increase the number of racial and ethnic minorities to better mirror our population.
By Rosa Peleaz | I am a registered family child care provider in Ward 4. When COVID-19 hit, I was immediately out of work and have been for over two months.
Investments in early learning are clearly a necessity for reopening the District and supporting long-term economic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed and compounded existing issues of access, quality, equity, and funding.