For Immediate Release: November 29, 2017
Contact: Rebekah Caruthers, Communications Director: (202) 256-7154; firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilmember Robert White Works with Gray and Grosso to Advance Landmark Early Childhood Development Legislation
Washington, DC— Today, the DC Council Committee on Education passed Councilmember Robert White’s Bolstering Early Growth Investment Act of 2017 (BEGIn Act). The landmark legislation takes DC far beyond any other jurisdiction on early childhood development.
“The BEGIn Act, inspired by my daughter, Madison, creates more early care and education opportunities for infants and toddlers while also stabilizing this critical workforce.”
During the September 27th hearing on White’s BEGIn Act and the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017 (ITDHS Act), authored by Councilmember Vincent Gray, several stakeholders encouraged the Council to combine the two bills because of their overlapping goals. White then began working with Councilmember Gray and Education Committee chair, David Grosso, to combine the bills. The BEGIn Act, with changes from Gray and Grosso, was incorporated at today’s mark-up as Title II of the ITDHS Act.
“We have tried almost everything to close the staggering achievement gap in DC, from changes in leadership to increases in funding, but with little success. Educating more of our kids from age zero to three when 85% of core brain development occurs will finally close this gap.”
“I appreciate Councilmember Gray, who has long been a champion for early childhood education, working jointly with me on this important legislation.”