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ERIC Number: ED538796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Improving Quality Child Care Options for All DC Children. Data Snapshot
DC Action for Children
DC's prosperity will be determined by how it supports the education and well-being of its youngest citizens. The first five years of life, particularly the first three, are a time of critical human development, when the foundation for lifelong learning and success is built to last through adulthood. Nearly 33,000 children under the age of five live in the District. Approximately 19,000 DC children are birth to age three, and nearly one-quarter (26 percent) of them live in poverty. The District has made noticeable strides to ensure a supply of quality birth-to-five programs to meet the needs of all families. Core components of an effective early care and education state system--like policy, governance and financing--have been established, sustained and strengthened. While these are commendable steps, the District is still not generating strong enough outcomes for young children because of several challenges: (1) Lack of Valid and Useful Data on Program Quality to Inform Families and the Public; (2) Lack of Resources to Support Quality Programs; and (3) Lack of High-Quality Infant and Toddler Slots. Information about the quality of programs across all settings needs to be more readily available to inform families and policymakers responsible for the future of the city's children. Public resources should follow quality and support learning when it starts. (Contains 1 footnote and 11 endnotes.)
DC Action for Children. 1432 K Street NW Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-234-9404; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: DC Action for Children
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia