Improving Job Quality for the Early Education Workforce: Opportunities for States

Across the country and right here in the DC, early childhood educators are consistently some of the lowest paid workers. Most make only slightly more than cashiers and dishwashers, and about half of early educators nationwide enroll in some form of public assistance to support themselves and their families. Here […]

Preschool Programs

At-Large Councilmember Robert White

Viewpoint: District must help its youngest residents

The following op-ed was originally published in The Current on October 4, 2017. It was co-authored by DC Appleseed Executive Director Walter Smith and at-large Councilmember Robert White. As we watch District students start a new school year, we wonder how many of them would be doing better in school […]

The Second Amendment and Concealed Carry in DC

You probably saw that yesterday afternoon, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced that the District would not be appealing the D.C. Circuit’s decision on the city’s public-carrying law to the Supreme Court. This was a difficult decision, but we think the Attorney General made the right call, and we are glad he […]

Building a Stronger Early Education System in the District: Our Testimony to DC Council

On Wednesday, September 27, DC Appleseed joined parents, child care directors, educators, and the community at a hearing for two major pieces of legislation currently under consideration by the DC Council. The two bills up for consideration — the BEGIn Act and the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act […]

On the Brink of a Multi-Million Dollar Investment in D.C. Health

You may have seen the Washington Post report last week on the District’s persisting racial and geographic disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. For example, chronic diseases and depression are highest in Ward 8, and less than a quarter of residents in the District’s east end see a primary […]

Investing in D.C.’s Children

High-quality childcare is essential to children, families, and the local economy. Science tells us that brain development in a child’s first three years provides the building blocks for all future learning, and that children deprived of appropriate stimulation in that crucial period will struggle to meet their full potential. With […]

Read our latest white paper: “Results from a Survey of DC’s Early Childhood Education Workforce”

Despite the high costs to families, the business model for childcare providers is not lucrative. The costs for maintaining the space, programming, and staff often exceed monthly revenues. Most providers are forced to manage these circumstances by compensating staff with low wages. In the District, an early educator can expect […]

A Real Chance for a CareFirst Settlement

Throughout our longstanding effort to hold CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield accountable to its nonprofit mission, we’ve always hoped for a settlement that would avoid further litigation and protect the public interest. Now, because of an order this week from the D.C. Insurance Commissioner, a settlement finally is within reach. The Commissioner of the D.C. […]