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. The coalition, founded to fund and implement the Birth-to-Three for All DC law, won broad support for its plan to provide emergency grants to the child care businesses.

Mayor Bowser and the DC Council felt our heat! Under 3 DC’s virtual town halls, lobby days, Tweetstorms, #SaveDCChildCare rallies, petitions, public hearings, and letters to government agency leaders convinced them to not slash funding child care and family health programs in the midst of what seems like a never-ending pandemic. Read more about how the broad-based coalition moved the policy needle in the Under 3 DC 2020 Impact Report.

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