Childcare providers wary of paid family leave bill

WORKFORCE | When the D.C. Council tentatively passed the paid family leave bill last week, many workers and advocates rejoiced, while D.C. business owners balked at the price tag. Citing the new costs to support the leave program, childcare providers, especially those serving low-income communities, are concerned about how they will maintain their businesses. (WaPo, 12/16)

Few workers in the city stand to gain as much as child-care employees. With an average salary of $26,470, they make up some of the lowest-paid professionals in the city, on par with parking lot attendants, hotel desk clerks and dry-cleaning workers.

[…]The hardest-hit providers would be those in poor neighborhoods who can’t pass along the cost to parents who are able to pay the ever-growing price tag for care. The District is already one of the most expensive places in the country for child care, with an average monthly cost of $1,868 for infant care at a center, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

– Advocates believe owners of a rent-controlled Columbia Heights apartment building, whose owners could offer affordable housing, have been renting their units for Airnb short-term stays instead. (WCP, 12/15)

– D.C. offers more assistance to first-time home buyers (WaPo, 12/13)

– Maryland lawmakers are trying to stop landlords from refusing to rent to people with Section 8 housing vouchers. (Washington Times, 12/15)

EDUCATION | School Board Looks To Replace ‘Sibling Link’ with Lottery for Language Immersion Program Admission (Bethesda Beat, 12/16)

NONPROFITS | Area nonprofits are bracing for what a Trump administration will mean for their work. Read how these organizations, who serve many of the populations targeted by the president-elect’s campaign, are preparing. (WBJ, 12/16 – subscription)

– The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department now has body cameras for all its officers. Mayor Bowser also recently announced a policy to deter officers from forgetting to turn them on before encounters with the public. (DCist, 12/15)

– Maryland task force recommends limits to juvenile shackling policies (Baltimore Sun, 12/16)

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