Maryland lawmakers and advocates to help parents

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Maryland lawmakers and advocates are concerned about child-care in the state. Lawmakers want to increase funding for child-care subsidies in addition to finding other financial assistance measures to help struggling parents. Advocates argue that subsidies are too low in the state, which can make some families ineligible for the program. (WaPo, 1/2)

Advocates say state and federal funding levels for child-care subsidies are too low, forcing Maryland to restrict how many low-income families qualify for vouchers and greatly limiting which day-care centers those families can afford.

Del. Ariana B. Kelly (D-Montgomery) and Sen. Nancy J. King (D-Montgomery), who chair a legislative committee that oversees child care in the state, want Hogan (R) to increase funding for subsidies and work with the panel to come up with tax proposals that would ease the financial burden of child care for families and providers.

RACIAL EQUITY | Caitlin Duffy, Diverse City Fund board member and Senior Associate for Learning and Engagement at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, discusses WRAG’s Putting Racism on the Table series as she encourages members of the philanthropic sector to participate in racial justice trainings this year. (NCRP Blog, 12/28)

HUMAN RIGHTS | Opinion: A smokescreen for bigotry: Disguising anti-Muslim bias with land-use objections (WaPo, 1/2)

IMMIGRATION | Ike Leggett, County Executive of Montgomery County, and more than 30 other mayors and county executives wrote letters to President Obama and President-elect Trump asking for more protections for DACA. (Dcist, 12/29)

HOMELESSNESS | Two Northern Virginia nonprofits have come together to provide services, including rapid re-housing, for the homeless. (InsideNOVA, 1/1)

CRIME | Mayor Muriel Bowser credits implementation of crime initiatives for the decrease in the District’s homicides in 2016. (Washington Times, 12/29)

WORKFORCE | With the opening of the MGM National Harbor, employees see a gateway to a better life for their families. (WTOP, 1/1)

ARTS | American University will remove the statute of a Native American man, who some call a political prisoner, convicted of ‘aiding and abetting’ the killers of an FBI agent in 1975. (WUSA, 1/2)

Happy New Year! Did you happen to come across a menorah of bagels in Bethesda last Thursday?