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DC Council Invests $5 Million Toward Child Care Stabilization

In recent weeks and months, early educators and parents raised the alarm about the need to stabilize the child care industry to help pave the way for a healthy recovery for children, families and educators. In response to our - YOUR - growing pressure, the DC Council approved $5 million in emergency child care grant funding for 2020. While this was needed – and certainly worth celebrating – it is only half of the Under 3 DC request for this year.

The good news is that the DC Council heard from us about the importance of child care, but they have yet to see it as a safety net for every working family. Educators and child care business owners, who are overwhelmingly Black and Latinx, are anxious about what comes next as we take steps toward safe reopenings. Children and parents continue to need access to high-quality, affordable care, which still remain out of reach for many families. It is clear that we still have work to do. This is why we’ve come together as a powerful coalition.

The DC Council’s final vote to complete the budget process is Tuesday, July 28. After that it will be sent to Mayor Bowser to sign.

Thank you for standing up and speaking out! We know that we would not have made it this far without your efforts and that we will continue to make progress together.

This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Through our Under 3 DC Coalition we will continue the fight to #SaveDCChildCare.