Press ReleaseBiden Administration’s $16 Million In Additional Child Care Relief Is A Good Step Toward Keeping The Sector Afloat

March 10, 2021by Under 3 DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC – March 11, 2021 – In responding to Mayor Bowser’s recently announced child care relief plan, Ronald Jarrett, Under 3 DC’s Director, said, “Our coalition appreciates Mayor Bowser’s quick allocation of federal funds to help early education businesses sustain themselves. It is an important next step toward keeping doors open and businesses afloat as we begin the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Time is of the essence. An undefined spring timeline to begin the application process is not acceptable when so many businesses are at risk of closure. We also call on OSSE, the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF), and the Low-Income Investment Fund (LIIF) to make the application process as accessible and pain-free as possible for providers who have been stretched thin and stressed out for a year.” 

Jarrett continued, “As Mayor Bowser noted in yesterday’s press release, ‘child care is critical.’ It is, especially if getting parents back to work and rebounding our city’s economy is a priority. Under 3 DC believes it is a crucial component of our District’s education system, along with PK-12 schools and higher education that deserves ongoing support.”   

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Under 3 DC harnesses the voices and power of the District’s parents with young children, early educators, and community-based organizations to shine a spotlight on the need for more public investments in early education and health programs for infants and toddlers. Together, we can set the District of Columbia on a path to creating and sustaining a high-quality, equitable early childhood system.

Under 3 DC

Under 3 DC, a broad based coalition in the District of Columbia, harnesses the voices and power of parents with young children, early educators, advocates, and health professionals to create transformative social change. The Coalition’s efforts center on the people experiencing racial and economic injustice every day. It shines a spotlight on the need for more public investments to support families with infants and toddlers. Together, we can set the city on a path to creating and sustaining a high quality, equitable early childhood system.

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