Impacts of COVID-19
84% of child care centers reported staffing shortages on a 2021 survey, with most identifying low wages as the main challenge to recruitment and retention. In August 2021, the DC Council voted to increase compensation for early educators, paid for by a new tax increase on the District’s highest earners. The deadline to apply for the initial checks was Sept. 20, 2022. Newly hired and newly eligible early childhood educators can now apply for their payments through https://osse.dc.gov/ecepayequity.