Education and Youth


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

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 […]


New Report on Special Education Envisions “A Place for Every Student” in DC

The beginning of a new school year is a time to celebrate growth and promise. Families hope the best for their students – that they will be safe and nurtured at school, that they will flourish and meet new milestones. Unfortunately, the picture has not always been so promising in […]

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

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 […]


WAMU: Children From D.C.’s Low-Income Areas Face More Risk From Asthma

Washington, D.C., has one of the most severe childhood asthma problems in the country, with more than one in five children under 18 having the condition. Poorly-treated asthma means more students missing school, more caregivers missing work and more emergency room visits.   Children in D.C.’s poorest areas were 10 […]


Walter’s Corner: Another Step Toward an Independent Community College

January marked a milestone on the path toward independence for D.C.’s community college.   Last month, the University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC’s) accrediting body granted the community college “branch campus” status.  As a branch campus of UDC, the community college will have more authority over its own budget, faculty, […]