The costs of child care in DC are the highest in the country yet educators who work with infants and toddlers are among the lowest paid workers in the District.
Investing time and money in our educators is an investment in the livelihood of our communities. Turnover rates are high in this field but with funding, support, and quality accessible preparation for the job; workers can thrive and children can flourish.
Our communities are listening and looking for leadership
I work at a small social service non-profit that works to end and prevent homelessness in the District. One of our regular clients who helps lead the expressive arts group with me during our women’s program is a retired DCPS school teacher and a fabulous storyteller. Last week, when we were chatting about current local happenings, she was excited to hear about the Birth-to-Three Act and shared that this is a long-needed support system in DC.
I believe that funding the Birth-to-Three Act is an opportunity to generate change in the systems in place that set back low-income families and families experiencing homelessness in DC—families who face high rates of financial and systemic barriers to success.
Under 3 DC is a huge and worthwhile investment in the health of our community as we cannot be a nurturing environment to grow unless equitable measures are in place, and funded, to cultivate growth for ALL families in the District.
Mariah Cowsert is a Ward 6 resident.