Why D.C. shouldn't cut child-care subsidies
Petula Dvorak’s Dec. 10 column, “Cutting D.C.’s child-care subsidy isn’t the way to fix the city’s budget,” cited many reasons for not decreasing funding for subsidized child care in the District.
But there is another important reason: the kind of care received by the very young children in the community-based organized (CBO) child-care programs. These programs hire qualified teachers and other staff to meet D.C. licensing requirements. The District Office of the State Superintendent of Education funds programs to encourage and help them to achieve national accreditation and to enable parents to locate convenient child care throughout the District.
A great deal of training is available to all CBO program staff members throughout the year. The child-care industry in the District employs hundreds of staff members who pay taxes. The D.C. Council needs to hear more from advocates of early-childhood education and Post writers about the many benefits of paying enough for subsidized child care.
The writer is a co-editor at the D.C. Association for the Education of Young Children and was project director for the now-defunct Washington Child Development Council.
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