Tag: childcare

Maryland to provide health insurance enrollment on tax forms

HEALTHCARE | Maryland is now the first state to let residents sign up for the state’s health insurance program when they file their taxes. Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Monday that allows residents to opt into health insurance by checking a box on their tax forms starting in 2020. (WAMU, 5/13)

The bill — which received bipartisan support in both chambers — will also increase spending on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange by $1.2 million. Marylanders who don’t have insurance when they file their taxes can either pay a $695 penalty or put it towards enrolling in the lowest-cost insurance policy available. Should all go as planned during the 2020 tax season, Maryland could reduce its uninsured rate from 6.1 to 4.1 percent …  “we think this can be a model for the whole country” says Vinny DeMarco of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative.

EDUCATION | Prince George’s County Interim Schools Chief Monica Goldson plans to give school employees $46.5 million in raises they missed in the aftermath of the recession. (WaPo, 5/14)

JUSTICE | A group of local activists bailed out Black moms incarcerated in Maryland and Virginia ahead of Mother’s Day, joining an annual nationwide campaign led by the National Bail Out collective, which aims to draw attention to issues of incarceration and cash bail. (WAMU, 5/10)

EQUITY/DC | The 11th Street Bridge Project has developed this short film about their approach to equitable development.

CHILDCARE | Some DC Lawmakers Are Asking If Every Family Should Get A Child Care Tax Credit (WAMU, 5/9)

GENTRIFICATION | Almost 3,000 people attended a block party protest in Shaw in response to the threats to Black DC culture posed by gentrification. (AfroPunk, 5/8)

TRANSPORTATION | Discussions continue over keeping the Circulator bus system free and who it benefits. (WaPo, 5/12)

HOUSING Montgomery County is aging, especially with younger seniors (GGWash, 5/7)

GUN VIOLENCE | Johns Hopkins University is aiming to capitalize on the student-led gun safety movement by offering a free online course to teach strategies to curb gun violence. (NPR, 5/13)

PHILANTHROPY | Giving Done Right: Effective Data For Philanthropy (Wesleyan University Magazine, 4/29)

Wow – at some point, there may be a car-free trail from DC to the Pacific Ocean.

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Fairfax County may help undocumented immigrants fight deportation

IMMIGRATION | A publicly-funded legal defense fund for immigrants caught in deportation proceedings is under consideration in Fairfax County. This program would be part of a growing effort by local governments to counter the current administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants. (WaPo, 4/10)

Advocates argue that a proposed $200,000 pilot program aimed at assisting low-income immigrants — both undocumented and those in the country legally — would send a strong message that the county does not agree with the spike in immigration arrests that has spread fear in local communities.“ Fairfax has an opportunity to be a regional leader in ensuring that its immigrant residents have access to due process in our nation’s immigration courts,” said immigration consultant Jose Magaña-Salgado.

WRAG | Time flies. In a final blog post before her retirement from WRAG, Tamara Lucas Copeland reflects on her 12 years leading the organization. (Daily, 4/11)

Related: Two local organizations are honoring Tamara’s leadership at upcoming events. On April 29th, Fair Chance is naming Tamara as their 2019 Community Champion. And, the Nonprofit Village is recognizing Tamara with the Chairman’s Award on May 3rd.

HOUSING | DC’s Attorney General is going after bad landlords, and housing advocates are happy to see it. (WAMU, 4/8)

DC/GENTRIFICATION | After the community mobilized around #DontMuteDC, go-go is back at the Metro PCS store in Shaw. The store had turned off the music, which has been a mainstay on that corner for years, after residents in a new development complained. (WAMU, 4/10)

– The Maryland General Assembly approved a two-year, $700-million boost in funding for the state’s public schools, some of which will be used for free pre-K programs across the state. (WAMU, 4/9)

– Families in the Greater DC region are on the hunt for affordable child care. (WAMU, 4/8)

– Opinion: The need to teach our children about the dangers of hate-laced speech against Muslims (WaPo, 4/9)

Supreme Court Says Discrimination Is OK — If You’re a Muslim (Truthout, 4/7)

Greater Good: Lessons from Those Who Have Started Major Grantmaking Organizations (CEP, 4/10)

– The Kresge Foundation has announced that a quarter of its US assets will be invested with firms owned by people of color or women by 2025. The decision is based on equity, opportunity, and returns. (Chronicle, 4/4)

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Childcare costs are high. Wages for childcare workers are not.

There have been a number of studies on just how expensive childcare is for families in the District compared with the rest of the country. While many low-income and middle-class families struggle to afford to keep their children enrolled in care, most of those providing childcare services cannot afford it themselves. (Atlantic, 11/5)

On average, these women (it’s almost entirely women) are paid significantly less than the average American worker and are twice as likely to live in poverty, a new study released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found. The median hourly wage for childcare workers in the U.S. is $10.39, nearly 40 percent below the median hourly wage of workers in other occupations. Even when accounting for the demographic makeup of the childcare industry—workers are more likely to be minorities, much more likely to be women, and less likely to have a bachelor’s or advanced degree—their earnings were still 23 percent lower than in other occupations. Childcare workers also had less access to benefits, such as health insurance and retirement funds, than people employed in other fields.

ECONOMY/REGION | Five reasons to be concerned about Washington’s economy (WaPo, 11/9)

HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS | A new housing development in Southeast D.C. aims to be a model in sustainability and a refuge for low-income and homeless families in need of permanent housing. (WaPo, 11/6)

– Following data from a 2012 study showing that American teens score low on financial literacy, districts in Northern Virginia strive to keep students ahead of the curve with new requirements for economics and personal-finance courses for high schoolers. (WaPo, 11/1)

– A recent study on child development finds that children develop a sense of self esteem earlier than previously thought – even before they have begun to attend school. (WaPo, 11/6)

FOOD/POVERTY | For years, researchers have linked the inability for many low-income individuals to maintain healthy nutritional habits to food deserts, but recent studies say poor eating habits have less to do with proximity and more to do with income. (Atlantic, 11/9)

– The Nonprofit Finance Fund has released two reports – one for grantmakers and another for arts organizations – summarizing lessons learned about capitalization in the arts sector. (NFF, 10/2015)

Nonprofit theaters are attracting more donors, but audiences keep shrinking, report says (LA Times, 11/5)

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