All children deserve a strong beginning and a limitless future. Under 3 DC harnesses the voices and power of parents with young children, caregivers, and others to create transformative social change. Our efforts center on the people experiencing racial and economic injustice every day. We shine 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.
We will be successful because we are leading with our values, standing in our convictions and engaging in innovative strategies. So, we’re hopeful DC will become a place where equity starts at birth for every family.
We believe that structural racism is often the root of the disparities facing Black and Brown families in the District. So, addressing racism is central to Under 3 DC.
We believe that being poor is not a character flaw. Simply because you can’t afford more doesn’t mean you don’t deserve better. So, to achieve our Under 3 DC goals we must be part of the larger anti-racist, anti-poverty movement.
We believe in the power of many different voices. So, we seek out racial, economic, gender, generational, institutional, and professional diversity in our Under 3 DC coalition to strengthen our work.
We believe that people closest to the pain should be closest to the power, and driving and informing the work. So, we take our cues from those most affected by racial and economic injustice. They are the architects of Under 3 DC.
We believe that there are great inequities and systemic, embedded, and entrenched disparities in our city. So, we make sure our near-term wins also serve the long-term District vision. Our Under 3 DC strategy is holistic.
We believe we are all experts in our own areas. So, we honor and build on the strengths, knowledge and skills of our communities. Under 3 DC members may sometimes disagree, but we always assume good intentions. We respect each other and do our best to act in an empathetic way.
We are stronger together. Become a member and support the movement to create a more equitable and just DC for all children and their families.
Our campaign welcomes anyone working toward a more equitable and just DC for all. Together we’re fighting for full funding for the programs, services and workforce necessary for families with young children to thrive. Meet our diverse coalition.
Under 3 DC helped protect funding for health and subsidized child care programs. We reversed the mayor’s budget cuts and we won broad support for our plan to provide emergency grants to the child care sector.
Our executive committee members represent organizations dedicated to transforming DC’s early childhood system. Their talented leaders bring subject matter expertise, on-the-ground experience and proven track records in the District with game-changing campaigns.
The Under 3 DC campaign is staffed and led by professionals from the six organizations—DC Action for Children, DC Early Learning Collaborative, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Early Childhood Innovation Network, Jews United for Justice, and SPACEs in Action.
DC Action for Children
DC Early Learning Collaborative
DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Dr. Matt Biel
Co-Director, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Early Childhood Innovation Network
Jews United for Justice
SPACEs in Action
We also acknowledge the generous support of all the individual donors and funders who have supported our Birth-to-Three work since its inception.