The UPDATE | October 29, 2021

The UPDATE | October 29, 2021

A First Look: How Biden’s Build Back Better Plan Might Impact Families With Children in the District

It appears that after months of negotiations, Democrats in Congress are poised to pass President Biden’s Build Back Better Act. The bill is a pared down--but still substantial--$1.75 trillion budget plan, including $400 billion for child care and preschool, and $200 billion for the child tax and earned income tax credits. Together, these, along with other essential investments in BBB, have the potential to substantially improve the lives of working families, especially those with children.

The universal pre-K and child care proposals included in the Build Back Better Act are similar to those already passed in the District, and thanks to the expected new federal investment, will help us deliver relief and support to families and workers.

DC Action and Under 3 DC Coalition Join

#CareCant Wait Rally

DC Action and Under 3 DC joined the National Women's Law Center, the Low Income Investment Fund, and more than 50 other local and national advocacy groups at a rally on the National Mall this week to strongly support the Biden administration's human infrastructure plan currently under debate in Congress.

The plan includes paid family/medical leave, affordable child care, expanded senior care, the Child Tax Credit, a living wage for workers in the care sector, and a path to citizenship for undocumented care workers. It could be life-changing for the District's Black and brown families struggling to recover from the pandemic. It could also begin to address systemic financial inequities that have plagued many of the District's communities for generations.

Calling all Early Educators! Join us for a Community Meeting on November 3

Are you getting the pay, benefits, support, and education you need to live your best life? Join us on Wednesday, November 3rd at 6 pm for a virtual conversation to tell us what you need in the profession, hear what District law says you deserve, and learn what the Under 3 DC coalition is doing to make it happen. Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray and at-large Councilmember Robert White will join us to listen to your perspectives.


About DC Action
DC Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy organization making the District of Columbia a place where all kids grow up safe, resilient, powerful and heard. DC Action uses research, data, and a racial equity lens to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. We are home to DC Kids Count, Under 3 DC, DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, the DC Home Visiting Council and the Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coalition. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns bring the power of young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.