The Fight for Vaccination Equity Continues!

Thanks so much to all of the early childhood educators, business owners, community members, and advocates who helped convince Mayor Bowser’s administration to include early childhood educators in the current priority vaccination group, along with K-12 educators.

Unfortunately, while the official guidance is that the District’s early childhood educators are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, access to vaccination appointments remains extremely limited. There are no registration windows or appointment slots dedicated to early childhood educators. Instead, early childhood educators are competing with K-12 public and charter school teachers who may not even be teaching in person yet.

Collectively, we must continue to work to ensure every child care professional who wants a vaccination actually gets a vaccination!

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Celebrating Black History

February is Black History month, and as Nicole Hannah Jones reminds us, that while “our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.” Simply put, there is no American history, without Black history, and we use this month, and every month, to shine a light on the efforts of Black people to perfect our democracy, a fight that is far from over.

Our Issues in the News

Read more about the issues we’ve fought to shine a spotlight in and hear the voices of some of our closest allies working towards change.

Early Childhood Education

Sally D’Italia: DC COVID-19 vaccine plan intentionally leaves child care educators behind, DC Line, 1.27.21

Child Care Providers to Get Vaccinated in February Washington City Paper, 1.26.21

To Heal DC podcast, 1.25.21

DC Child Care Workers Ask Officials Not to Push Back Their COVID-19 Vaccinations, NBC4, 1.24.21

District's vaccine plan faces criticism for prioritizing teachers over child care workers, Washington Times, 1.26.21

O’Leary & Justice: Denying Early Educators Priority for the COVID-19 Vaccine Devalues Our Children’s Most Important Teachers, The74, 1.27.21

Racial Equity in DC

All Legislation In D.C. Will Now Be Assessed For Racial Equity, DCist, 1.27.21

D.C. joins Montgomery, Fairfax in launching racial equity office, WashingtonPost, 2.1.21

The racial disparities over who is returning to D.C. classrooms puts equity spotlight on reopening plan, Washington Post, 1.30.21
Onward!
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