Starting yesterday morning, dozens of families were able to enroll their children into 3 new affordable child-care cooperative programs that I worked very hard over the last year to open up. I went to one and met Hanna Lee, a young working mother, who said, “This is such a great idea – it’s very affordable,” adding that this innovative public option will save her family over $16,000 this year (versus private options).
Last year, these affordable options were only located in Northwest. After working with the DC Council and the administration, I am happy that one of the 3 new programs in is Northeast (Turkey Thicket in Ward 5). But I won’t rest until we get more affordable options for families in Southeast and Southwest as well. The city has assured me this is a top priority for 2015. I promise I will make sure this is done if elected to the DC Council. And I keep my promises.*