child care

Testimony of Shana Bartley, OSSE Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2016-2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 14, 2017 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...

Why is Finding Quality Early Care and Education so Challenging for so many Families with Young Children?

Listening to the excellent NPR series on child care has brought the struggle that many DC parents face to manage the steep cost of child care to the forefront of my mind. A new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that nearly one-third of parents paying for early care...

New Cost Model Analysis Shines Light on the True Cost of Quality Child Care

Over the past year, a number of news articles have drawn attention to the steep cost of child care, which in the District is now more than three times as expensive as in-state college tuition. Despite the amount spent by parents and a sizeable public investment (the District’s child care subsidy reimbursement rates are among the highest in the country),...

Parent engagement as a key factor in early care and education

My colleague, Aparna, who has a nearly two-year-old daughter in child care, reminded me today of an interesting situation that often happens in early childhood: separation anxiety. As a former preschool teacher, I know the scenario very well. Parents often establish a daily routine for dropping off their children at child care or preschool, routines varying from child to child,...

Why aren't more centers "Going for the Gold" in early care and education?

“Going for the Gold” in the District’s child care system not only means striving for quality in early care and education, it also means getting reimbursed at a higher rate from the government. It’s the name of D.C.’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for child care, which ranks providers as either Gold, Silver or Bronze centers based on their...

Finally a one-stop shop for finding child care in D.C.!

When I was three months pregnant I started my search. At the time I wanted the best quality care for my unborn child anticipating that I would go back to work full-time. I was looking for accredited centers with bright and beautiful space, but most importantly caring and patient teachers. I only wanted the very best for my child. I...

Lowering licensing standards for child care is not the answer

The Washington Post had an article this week that left me scratching my head. The story, " D.C. day-care licensing criticized ," was ostensibly about would-be child care providers complaining about the barriers to entry to opening a licensed community or home-based child care center in the District. One of the women profiled lives with four young foster children, her...

Provider Viewpoint: Proposed child care regs address quality but ignore cost

Update: In today's Washington Post, a critique of D.C.'s tough licensing requirements for child care providers. Read the story here . Editor's Note: On July 30, the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released proposed amendments to the District’s Child Development Facilities Licensing and Fee requirements. (View them here .) The public comment period was slated to...