Childcare and early education expanding in Montgomery County to help close the achievement gap

EDUCATION | Members of the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Marc Elrich are working together to expand the number of seats in childcare and early education centers. The ambitious plan was unveiled on Thursday to make childcare and early education more readily available and more affordable for children up to age five. (WAMU, 3/7)

It starts with a $7 million funding commitment in the upcoming budget. “This has serious long-term implications for education and for the wellbeing of the children, so starting early with kids has to be our priority,” Elrich said. “All young children should have the opportunity to thrive and develop to their full potential, and a child’s outcome should not be determined by race or economic status. Without early childhood education, it’s hard to close those gaps.”

PUBLIC SAFETY | DC auditor says city needs a new jail to replace ‘aging and deteriorating’ facility (WaPo, 3/4)

VIRGINIA | Arlington officials have provided more details about the incentive package for Amazon and how the company can earn $23 million in grants. (ARLnow, 3/5)

Why Blackface Keeps Popping Up (NPQ, 3/6)

– High school students at Sidwell Friends School showed swastikas and other derogatory terms during an assembly this week. (WaPo, 3/7)

PHILANTHROPY | Exploring the Problem of Black “Movement Capture” by White-Dominated Philanthropy (NPQ, 3/1)

– According to a new report, the fertility rate in the country has been declining, and women in the District are waiting longer than women elsewhere to have babies, if they have them at all. The report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that while all states have seen a decline, DC ranks at the very bottom. (WAMU, 3/4)

DISTRICT | A new Busboys and Poets is scheduled to open next week in Anacostia. (City Paper, 3/6)

EQUITY | How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich (NPR, 3/5)

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