Building a Collective Policy Agenda Through a Birth-to-Three Policy Alliance

In 2016, our Foundation launched a Birth-to-Three Policy Alliance that involves 20 of the District of Columbia’s leading children’s policy, advocacy and service nonprofits. Together, we are working to increase access to high-quality, comprehensive early childhood services and other supports for infants and toddlers and their families, and ensure that the systems serving young children and their families — early learning, health, child welfare and family support — work in a coordinated fashion to improve outcomes for these children.

The Policy Alliance successfully supported two policy advances in the District in 2016: paid medical and family leave for private-sector workers, and higher child care subsidy reimbursement rates for infants and toddlers, including those served by providers that are in the Quality Improvement Network, to better reflect the cost of providing care. The Policy Alliance is working to shape and pass additional legislation currently before the DC Council.