On September 27, at 10:00 am, the D.C. Council will hold hearings on two bills that would expand childcare access in Washington, D.C. (RSVP to attend, here.) Below is a short summary of what the pending legislation proposes to do:
B22-203, the Infant and Toddler Development Health Services Act of 2017:
The bill would require the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services to:
- expand and coordinate healthcare for infants and toddlers under age three.
- strengthen existing breastfeeding supports (with emphasis on Wards 7 and 8);
- improve medical and social services for pregnant women, new mothers, and babies; and
- establish a lactation professional certification preparatory program;
The bill would require OSSE to:
- assess the state of existing, and the viability of potential, childcare centers in Wards 7 and 8;
- select child development providers to create four new childcare centers; and
- develop a competitive compensation scale for teachers and teaching assistants.
B22-355, the Bolstering Early Growth Investment (“BEGIN”) Act of 2017
The bill would:
- increase childcare subsidy payments for providers;
- establish a program that allows child development facilities to share services;
- establish an Infant and Toddler Educator Compensation Task Force;
- expand the duties of the Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council to review reimbursement rates, expand child development resources in low-income communities, and reassess existing facility regulations;
- establish an Office of Early Childhood Development to operate the facility licensing process for child development providers, and offer guidance surrounding regulations, financing, and training;
- provide tax incentives for property owners to dedicate space to child development facilities; and
- establish a grant program to help providers enhance their facilities.