Statement from DC Action for Children on COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020

Yesterday the DC Council passed the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act. We appreciate the Council's quick and decisive action to support vulnerable District residents and small businesses. As we all navigate this unfamiliar public health situation, the needs of child care and youth providers require additional immediate action to ensure that providers remain viable and that families - particularly low-income families - can maintain their much needed support.

Despite performing critically important work, child care and youth providers operate on tight financial margins, making it especially hard for them to weather a potential loss of income or additional costs. For example, nationally, half of child care provider survey respondents say they would not survive a two-week closure without support. And low and moderate-income families who receive early care and education for their infants and toddlers through the Child Care Subsidy/Voucher program, serving nearly 5,100 children, may be unable to afford co-pays if they are affected by changes to their own work schedule and income.

For our full recommendations on how the DC Council can support DC's child care community, see this letter by the Under 3 DC Coalition to the Mayor, the DC Council, and Superintendent Kang.