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Mayor Bowser to Kick Off Education Week Highlighting Administration’s Efforts to Expand Child Care

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Announces Progress Towards Creating Nearly 1,000 New Infant and Toddler Slots

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Friday, February 2, at 10:30 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will kick off Education Week 2018 announcing two key developments in the Administration’s commitment to create nearly 1,000 new infant and toddler slots to meet the needs of growing families in Washington, DC. The Mayor will announce the solicitation for space in three District-owned buildings to be leased by child care providers and the grantee to administer the Mayor’s Access to Quality Child Care Expansion Grant.

In the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, Mayor Bowser invested $11 million to increase DC residents’ access to high-quality infant and toddler child care. Since then, the Mayor launched My Child Care DC, a one-stop online resource that helps families find and compare child care options in Washington, DC. The Mayor also announced increased supports for early childhood educators, including expanding the First Step Child Development Associate (CDA) program, which will support 150 high school students in earning their CDA before graduation over the next few years. In May 2017, the Administration launched Thrive By Five – a citywide effort to connect more DC families to a wide range of resources that support maternal and child health, behavioral health, and early education.

Education Week will be marked by a series of events that highlight how the Bowser Administration is supporting students and accelerating the pace of school reform in DC.

WHEN:

Friday, February 2, at 10:30 am

WHO:

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Jennifer Niles, Deputy Mayor for Education
Greer Gillis, Director, Department of General Services
Hanseul Kang, State Superintendent of Education

WHERE:

Kiddie University
806 H Street, NE
*Closest Metro: Union Station Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).