With high rents and soaring demand, our region ranks among the most expensive in the nation for quality daycare facilities. And even families able to pay find themselves on long waitlists for the few spots available. Officials in D.C. and surrounding areas are trying to both reduce costs and improve the quality of early childhood education, a challenging balancing act. We explore what it means for families and providers in our region.


  • Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez Associate Professor for Education and Social Sciences at Montgomery College
  • Martin Austermuhle Reporter, WAMU 88.5
  • Dee Dee Wright Executive Director, Jubilee JumpStart

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