Early Childhood Education


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

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 […]


Testimony on the Proposed Education Budget FY2018

Testimony of Amber Rieke, DC Appleseed Center before the Committee on Education Concerning the FY2018 Proposed Budget for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education Wednesday, April 24, 2017 John A. Wilson Building, Room 120. Good morning Chairman Grosso, members of the committee, and committee staff. My name is […]


Survey for Early Childhood Workforce is Online Now!

Do you work in early care and education in DC? Please take our survey! This new initiative builds on the report we issued earlier this year about the high cost of providing high quality care to infants and toddlers. Now we are trying to help District policy makers better understand […]


Finding Solid Footing: The Realities of Providing Quality Child Care in DC

It is a common complaint that child care is expensive in DC. In fact, the tuition rates are among the highest in the country. Parents also know that the market is competitive. There is available space in licensed programs for only one-third of children under age three. Yet, the economic […]

Little girl learning to walk, with her Mother or an attentive babysitter.  Set indoors in a library or daycare.

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Our Study of the Costs of Providing Quality Child Care is Now Underway

DC Appleseed and the DC Fiscal Policy Institute are collaborating to produce a study to better understand the costs facing child care providers committed to meeting the District’s high quality standards. We are especially concerned that reimbursement for subsidized services for low-income families are not keeping up with the costs, […]