– Montgomery Moving Forward, an initiative of Nonprofit Montgomery, has issued a call to action and released a report on expanding access to early childhood education in the county. Some strategies include creating a strong workforce in early childhood education. (Bethesda Beat, 1/31)
About half of incoming kindergartners in Montgomery County Public Schools are not ready for kindergarten, according to the report. But the heavy cost of early childhood education leaves many families unable to pay for quality care. The median cost of care for an infant at a childcare center in the county is $17,240 per year, more than the average cost of in-state tuition and fees at a public college in Maryland, according to the report.
Montgomery Moving Forward chose to focus on early care and education after a six-month community outreach process. The topic was a leading concern for almost all of the 500 residents and leaders contacted as part of the engagement effort, the coalition reported.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Mayors & CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment, a new coalition that wants to boost investment in affordable housing and emergency services for the homeless, has partnered with the National League of Cities to influence the current administration. (Citylab, 1/29)
POVERTY | Angela Jones Hackley, senior partner of programs and grants at Wayfinder Foundation, discusses the aftermath of the war on poverty and the purpose of her foundation’s Community Activist Fellowship Program. (Wayfinder Blog, 1/29)
NONPROFITS | As economic inequality grows in the US, many direct service nonprofit organizations are finding themselves struggling financially. This report recommends a few ways to strengthen the financial health of these organizations. (Chronicle, 1/23 – Subscription needed)
WORKFORCE | What Amazon Does to Poor Cities (Atlantic, 2/1)
TRANSIT/CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | A new report by Greater Greater Washington found that a large number of Prince George’s County residents are unable to take transit to jury duty. (GGWash, 1/31)
In case you’re looking to throw axes at a wall and get a drink.