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  • DC Action Reacts to May 28 Release of FY25 Local Budget Act

    May 28, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Education Health and Safety Youth Economic Justice
    View DC Action Reacts to May 28 Release of FY25 Local Budget Act
    Press Statement
  • Response to DC Council Committee of the Whole Education Committee Mark-Up Hearing

    May 13, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Education

    WASHINGTON (May 13, 2024)—Under 3 DC appreciates Chairman Mendelson for rejecting the CFO’s demands by partially restoring the Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund. At a minimum, we encourage the full DC Council to continue to seek full funding or

    View Response to DC Council Committee of the Whole Education Committee Mark-Up Hearing
    Press Statement
  • WHUR

    DC’s Looming Daycare Crisis

    May 8, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Education

    What’s to become of DC’s Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund? Mayor Muriel Bowser has tagged it for budget cuts. Will it survive? What happens if it doesn’t?

    View DC’s Looming Daycare Crisis
    Press Coverage
  • Mathematica

    Updated Findings Show Washington, DC’s Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund Continues to Support DC’s Child Care and Early Education Workforce

    May 8, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Education

    Child care and early education (CCEE) educators are among the lowest-paid workers in the country, and are disproportionately women of color. Low pay has widely been attributed to challenges in recruiting and retaining qualified CCEE educators and to low morale in CCEE settings.

    View Updated Findings Show Washington, DC’s Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund Continues to Support DC’s Child Care and Early Education Workforce
    Press Coverage
  • WUSA9

    Hundreds rally to save child care fund axed from proposed budget

    May 3, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Finding good quality, affordable childcare in D.C. can be challenging. Now, access to childcare in the District could be in jeopardy. On the final day of public hearings D.C.'s 2025 budget, about 200 early childhood educators, parents and allies gathered on the steps of the Wilson Building.

    View Hundreds rally to save child care fund axed from proposed budget
    Press Coverage
  • WTOP

    ‘Mayor Bowser, you’re being disrespectful’: Parents and child care workers rally in DC

    May 3, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Education

    Parent Dorian Warren walked up to the microphone on the steps of the Wilson Building and made it clear how he felt about D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal to cut about $70 million from the Early Educator Pay Equity fund, which subsidizes pay for day care and preschool teachers.

    View ‘Mayor Bowser, you’re being disrespectful’: Parents and child care workers rally in DC
    Press Coverage
  • ABC7 WJLA

    WATCH: DC child care advocates protest planned budget cuts for FY25 ahead of hearing

    May 3, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Education

    Ahead of a final public hearing for D.C.'s Fiscal Year 2025 budget, over a hundred early childhood educators, parents, and allies are rallying in protest of cuts to a childhood care funding program, according to a statement.

    View WATCH: DC child care advocates protest planned budget cuts for FY25 ahead of hearing
    Press Coverage
  • 20+ DC Child Care Facilities Unite To Pressure DC Council To Restore Pay Equity Fund

    May 3, 2024
    Early Childhood

    Under 3 DC and SPACEs in Action help business owners, early educators, and parents advocate, protest, and testify on a day of action

    View 20+ DC Child Care Facilities Unite To Pressure DC Council To Restore Pay Equity Fund
    Press Release
  • DC Action Statement Reacting to Chairman Mendelson’s Commitment to Reverse Pay Equity Cuts and Replenish Reserve Through Alternate Funding Sources:

    April 24, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    We have spent years fighting to raise wages and provide benefits for early childhood educators across the District. The Mayor and the CFO should never be balancing District budgets or funding reserve balances on the backs of dedicated early childhood

    View DC Action Statement Reacting to Chairman Mendelson’s Commitment to Reverse Pay Equity Cuts and Replenish Reserve Through Alternate Funding Sources:
    Press Statement