Working Poor Families

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.


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, […]

Shouldn’t Education and Training Lead to a Career? 1

The District of Columbia’s economy is thriving, but not all residents benefit from the boom in development. In a few years, three-quarters of all jobs in DC will require some postsecondary education. Yet over 60,000 District residents lack a high school diploma or equivalent degree, and many don’t even read […]

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 […]

Calling on the Council to Support Increased Investment in Adult Literacy 1

Deputy Director Judy Berman testified today before the D.C. Council Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs in support of increased investment in adult literacy in order to help low-skilled adults achieve economic security. The testimony specifically calls for the Council to (1) create an interagency task force, housed at […]

From Basic Skills to Good Jobs: Connecting DC’s Adult Learners to Career Pathways

One of the priorities of Mayor Gray’s budget for next year is “encouraging economic and workforce development.” Over the past few years, the District has invested in new initiatives to connect more DC residents to careers — from building a community college to creating a workforce intermediary to funding adult […]

DC Appleseed Report Calls for New Adult Literacy Strategy 2

To reduce unemployment and narrow the gap between rich and poor, the District must help more residents build the basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills required by D.C.’s economy, according to a new report released today by DC Appleseed. The report, From Basic Skills to Good Jobs: A Strategy for […]