Care in the Capitol

The District’s new rules for childcare workers are going to keep hundreds of hard-working and qualified people from earning an honest living!

The DC Office of the Superintendent of Education (OSSE) enacted several burdensome education requirements for childcare workers in December 2016. According to new rules, all District childcare center directors must earn a bachelor’s degree by December 2022 and all lead teachers must earn an associate’s degree by December 2020 before they are deemed qualified to work in childcare. Many childcare workers cannot afford to go back to school and will be forced to leave their jobs after years of experience working with children. By imposing these unnecessary education requirements, DC government will create a shortage of good workers to care for our children and drive up the cost of childcare throughout the District.

Childcare workers, directors, and parents all around the District are teaming up to fight against these harmful rules.

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Support DC Childcare Workers and Families!

DC's new education requirements for childcare workers will keep hundreds of hard-working and qualified people from earning an honest living. Tell OSSE to change its new rules and allow childcare workers to do what they do best- care for DC's children! Contact Meaghan O'Connor at moconnor@ij.org for more information.

News Stories

D.C.’s misguided attempt to regulate daycare

The Atlantic

July 11, 2017

DC child-care workers push back against new college degree requirements

The Washington Post

June 6, 2017

Washington, D.C.’s unaffordable childcare regulation highlights national licensing problem


May 11, 2017

Requiring DC child-care workers to have degrees is a mistake

The Washington Post

April 5, 2017

District among the first in nation to require child-care workers to get college degrees

The Washington Post

March 30, 2017


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