early care and education

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...

A Spotlight on Hispanic Children in DC

October is Hispanic Heritage Month ! In the District of Columbia, Hispanic children represent 15 percent of the under 18 population. Moreover, there are over 7,000 Hispanic/Latino children under age 5 in DC. In 2014, we released a policy brief entitled Giving Hispanic Students a Chance to Succeed from the Start , that explored how race and ethnicity intersect with...

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),...

Helping early childhood teachers climb the ladder

Editor's Note: One of our goals with "Little Citizens, Big Issues" is to showcase diverse voices and viewpoints from the community on issues affecting young children in the District. This post is by Lauren Hogan, director of public policy at the National Black Child Development Institute (NBDCI). In September, we had the pleasure of announcing that T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood was...

More research cites lasting benefits of preschool

A new study about the benefits of preschool for low-income children is making headlines today -- but it's old news to us. A pile of research going back more than a decade have shown that public investments in early care and education, including but not exclusively preschool, give children a lifelong boost and bring long-term cost savings to society. This...

Duncan: A new competition without a minute to lose

Yesterday the early care and education field got some news that we have been eagerly anticipating for a long time. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, along with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, announced a new Race to the Top -- this one focused entirely on promoting innovation and improvements in early education. The goal of these Early Learning...

OSSE’s budget robs the cradle

Last week, the D.C. Council held a hearing on the budget for the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. This was after the agency held a public briefing session for advocates and providers on to answer questions about its budget. Unfortunately, very few of our questions were answered in either of these public forums. (Read our testimony .) OSSE’s...

WAMU's in-depth look at quality in infant and toddler care

If you were listening to Morning Edition during your drive to work today, you may have heard a familiar voice touting the importance of quality and access in early care and education in the District. That would be DC Action Executive Director HyeSook Chung. HyeSook sat down with WAMU reporter Jessica Gould to explain the challenges in improving infant and...

If it makes sense in Macon

The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph had a series yesterday exploring the powerful benefits of public investments in quality early care and early education for the entire city--from reducing crime and increasing high school and college graduation rates to boosting the city's economic prospects and reducing costs to taxpayers in the long run. The business community in Macon, once skeptical of calls...