September 27 – Childcare Hearing. We Need You!

Exasperated by childcare policy in D.C.? Now’s your time to speak out. We need you!

On September 27th, at 10:00 am, the D.C. Council will hold a hearing to discuss the BEGIN Act (Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act of 2017) and the Infant and Toddler Development Health Services Act — both of which would expand access to childcare in D.C.

We need parents, caregivers, childcare providers, advocates, and other stakeholders to come out and testify about their own struggles with childcare policy in the nation’s capital. We also need people who don’t want to testify to come out and show the D.C. Council that support for universal childcare in D.C. is widespread.

RSVP for the hearing HERE.

Thank you for all you do to help children and families in our nation’s capital. We look forward to seeing you later this month at the Wilson Building (a.k.a. City Hall)!

Want to testify but can’t make the hearing? Submit your written testimony directly to MomsRising and we’ll make sure your story gets to the D.C. Council on the day of the hearing. Need some inspiration for what to write? Check out (and borrow freely from) our testimony template, here. (The pink areas are essentially fill–in-the-blanks where you can add your own details and tell your own stories.)

Call for your stories: D.C. parents, tell us what it’s like!

MomsRising, a national organization advancing the rights of young children and their families (and our incredible partner in pushing toward universal childcare in D.C.) is collecting stories from parents and caretakers about their experiences securing (and providing) childcare in D.C.

Feel like sharing?

Here’s what MomsRising is looking for:

To build momentum for affordable, high-quality childcare in D.C., we need childcare providers and families to share their experiences in order to show our local leaders that childcare is a priority for their constituents.
– Are you struggling to afford high-quality childcare?
– Are you a care provider who isn’t earning a livable wage? Or struggling to serve families in the community?
– Did you have trouble finding a childcare program that works for your family?
– Did someone in your family have to quit their job because childcare was too expensive or not available?
Personal experiences are powerful and can make a HUGE difference in helping elected leaders understand why supporting access to high-quality, affordable childcare is so important. So the good the bad – we want to hear it! Just fill out this quick form and we’ll make sure your experience is shared with local leaders:
http://action.momsrising.org/survey/ChildcareStory/?source=UCDC

The D.C. Council is now considering multiple pieces of legislation to expand childcare options in D.C., but the fight is just beginning.

We, as parents and caregivers, need to share our stories and our struggles with securing care for our children, and keeping our families afloat financially, to inform real policy that is bold enough to effect change.

So, please share if you can. And tell your friends. The more stories we have, the more impact we can have on D.C. Councilmembers as they consider options on childcare policy during the legislative session this fall.