It’s been nearly two years since we asked D.C. parents to fill out surveys about their childcare experiences. More than 600 people answered. The overwhelming majority of D.C. parents — across quadrants and cultures and income levels — believe the childcare system in this city is broken.
Finally, we have a shot at legislative action.
Members of the Universal Childcare Now – D.C. Coalition have worked diligently over the last two years to build support for our cause. We’ve been featured in the news. We have given testimony at city hall. We’ve met with mayoral staff and members of the D.C. Council. We have mobilized and engaged parents, held meetings in libraries and coffee shops across the city, and bolstered a unified movement.
On June 27, Councilmember Robert White introduced the Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act of 2017 (or BEGIn Act), which would (in the Councilmember’s words) “drastically expand access to early childhood development programs for families across the District of Columbia.” Mayor Muriel Bowser, for her part, is promoting childcare expansion initiatives of her own. And back in January, Councilmember David Grosso introduced the “District of Columbia Child Development Facilities Expansion Amendment Act of 2017.”
There is real change going on in D.C.’s policy environment surrounding childcare. We’re gearing up to take advantage of our hard-won momentum and push hard for legislative and budgetary victories surrounding childcare access in the months going forward. Thank you for being a part of the movement. We’ll keep updating this page with legislative developments and calls for action.