Under 3 DC

The early years of a child’s life are a wondrous and amazing period of development.

In fact, the first three years shape every year after. And every family needs help when they have an infant or toddler. Together, we can make sure DC remains an attractive place to live, to work, and to raise a family.

In 2018, the District of Columbia enacted the Birth-to-Three For All DC Act, which will create a comprehensive system of services for infants and toddlers and their families. For example, it would establish wages for early educators comparable to those in the K-12 system, stipulate that no family would spend more than 10% of their income on child care, and support home visiting and a variety of health and mental health-related services. The Act is a key element of addressing the city’s deep racial and economic inequities.

In 2020, the Under 3 DC Coalition was launched to advocate for full funding and implementation of Birth-to-Three For All DC. The Coalition involves and mobilizes people and groups across the District of Columbia from diverse perspectives, including parents, educators, civic leaders, leaders from different demographic groups, businesses, and congregations. The Coalition is led by an executive committee made up of majority women-led, and people of color-led organizations: DC Action, DC Early Learning Collaborative, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Early Childhood Innovation Network, Jews United for Justice, and SPACEs in Action.

To join the Under 3 DC Coalition contact Ronald Jarrett at rjarrett@dckids.org. 

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