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Child-Care Workers in D.C. Would Get More Time for Degree Requirements

The District of Columbia plans to extend the deadline for day-care providers to meet new education requirements, amid concerns that they are unrealistic and overly burdensome. 

New proposed timelines announced Friday give child-care workers an extra one to four years to complete certification or degree requirements that are some of the most stringent in the nation. City officials also announced new supports for workers, including a partnership with Trinity University to begin offering classes in local child-care centers starting in January, so providers do not have to travel to a university campus to complete a degree. 

“We are committed to supporting our child-care providers through this transition,” said State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang.