Now is not the time for budget cuts, underfunding of services, or harmful reprogramming of subsidy dollars that could emaciate our early childhood systems. Such actions would only hinder the District’s economic recovery.
Amplifying the voices of 170 early education programs from all wards of the District, this brief, based on a survey that DC Action for Children, DC Early Learning Collaborative, DC Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington Area Child Care Association and the Director’s Exchange conducted, offers timely data about the challenges and opportunities facing our local early learning system.
Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled an updated COVID-19 recovery plan that includes $57 billion in emergency funding for child care. Fortunately for the District of Columbia, the new package also includes an additional $755 million to correct its CARES Act misclassification.
COVID-19 has brought with it a storm of uncertainty and instability for the District’s child care providers, many of whom already struggled to make ends meet prior to the public health emergency. In this exceptionally challenging time, one of the few sources of stability has been the child care subsidy program.