Stand up for Child Care and Early Education / Defiende el cuidado infantil y la educación temprana

Mayor Bowser and DC Council

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Dear Friend,

The District’s elected officials are reimagining life in the city after COVID. Will you join our fight to prioritize and uplift the importance of equitable early education and health for our youngest residents and fair wages for the early learning professionals who educate and support them?

Working families need and deserve accessible and affordable quality child care, but it is simply out of reach for too many across the District. There is a shortage of child care slots for families, and the average cost of care is as expensive as a year of college. We need to do more to support struggling families.

For child care providers and educators, the situation is not any better. Before the pandemic, many struggled to make ends meet, and the case has only gotten worse. Without public resources to cover the true cost of caring for children and raise wages for educators, who barely earn the minimum wage, the situation will only get worse.

Families and essential workers deserve better. We need an accessible, affordable, safe, and thriving child care sector that enables parents to return to work, children a safe place to learn and grow, and providers and educators a chance to earn a decent wage.

Equity and stability matter.

Sign the petition today to let policymakers know that a thriving early learning sector is vital to the prosperity and well-being of the District.

There’s power in numbers, but most importantly, there is power in YOUR voice.


Join us!

Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen
Director of Early Childhood
Under 3 DC Coalition

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Querido/a/e Amigo/a/e,

Los oficiales elegidos del Distrito están reimaginando la vida en la ciudad después de COVID. ¿Te unirás a nuestra lucha para priorizar la importancia de la educación temprana equitativa, servicios de salud para los residentes más jóvenes, y salarios justos para las personas cuya profesión es educarlos y ayudarlos?

Las familias trabajadoras necesitan y merecen cuidado infantil de alta calidad económico y asequible, pero para muchas personas en el Distrito está fuera de alcance. No hay suficientes cupos de cuidado infantil para familias, y el costo de cuidado es similar a un año en la universidad. Necesitamos hacer más para ayudar a familias en aprietas.

Para los maestros y proveedores de cuidado infantil, la situación tampoco no es buena. Antes de la pandemia, muchos no ganaban suficiente dinero para cubrir todos sus costos, y el caso durante la pandemia ha empeorado. Sin recursos públicos que ayudarían a cubrir el costo verdadero de criar y cuidar niños, que también ayudarían a subir los salarios para maestros quienes solo ganan el salario mínimo, la situación solo se va a poner peor.

Las familias y los trabajadores esenciales merecen más. Necesitamos un sector de cuidado infantil que sea seguro, asequible, fácil de encontrar, y próspero que permita que los padres regresen a trabajar, que los niños tengan un lugar seguro para aprender y crecer, y que le de chance a maestros para que ganen un salario decente.

La justicia y la estabilidad importan.

Firma esta petición para decirle a los concejales que un sector de educación temprana próspera es vital para la prosperidad y bienestar del Distrito.

Hay poder en números, pero más importante, hay poder en alzar TU voz.

Unete!

Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen
Director of Early Childhood
Under 3 DC Coalition

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To: Mayor Bowser and DC Council
From: [Your Name]

As you and other District elected officials reimagine life in the city after COVID, will you commit to prioritizing equitable early education and health access for our youngest residents and fair wages for the early learning professionals who educate and support them?

Working families need and deserve accessible and affordable quality child care, but it is simply out of reach for too many across the District. There is a shortage of child care slots for families, and the average cost of care is as expensive as a year of college. We need to do more to support struggling families.

For child care providers and educators, the situation is not any better. Before the pandemic, many struggled to make ends meet, and the case has only gotten worse. Without public resources to cover the true cost of caring for children and raise wages for educators, who barely earn the minimum wage, the situation will only get worse.

Families and essential workers deserve better. We need an accessible, affordable, safe and thriving child care sector that enables parents to return to work, children a safe place to learn and grow, and providers and educators a chance to earn a decent wage.

That’s why we are calling on you to fully fund and implement DC’s historic Birth-to-Three for All law so we can promote a thriving early learning sector and an equitable future for the District's children.

Thank you for joining the fight to ensure a thriving early learning sector and an equitable future for the District's children.