Every child in DC should have what they need to thrive.
The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are critical to their success — but our support for DC families in those 1,000 days is fractured, and it’s failing Black and Brown families in particular. High costs, disconnected services, and uneven access mean that far too many families — especially families of color and low-income families — are locked out of critical care that will affect our babies for life.
DC isn’t doing enough to reduce racial inequality, but it doesn’t have to be this way and there is a path forward. The truth is: equity starts with birth.
We need the Mayor and Council to act now to fully fund the Birth to Three for All Act, which passed unanimously last year and will support all families starting with the birth of their child through age three. Doing so will set up kids for success, create a caring economy that works for all, and reduce health disparities. This is especially important for black and brown families across DC who face some of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in our city.
The success of the Birth to Three for All legislation truly affects all of us, from families who want the best for their kids to care workers who have struggled for far too long to make ends meet to anyone who believes DC should be a city that works for all of us, not just the wealthy.
Equity starts with birth — and now is the time to take action to make DC a city for all of us.
JUFJ is part of the Birth to Three for All DC Campaign along with DC Working Families, SPACEs in Action, and other organizations.
Want to get involved with JUFJ’s Birth to Three actions? Email Zach (email@example.com) or sign up for an event below.
September 10 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join JUFJ and our partners at the Birth to Three DC coalition to attend Mayor Bowser’s Maternal & Infant Health Summit and promote the funding of the Birth to Three for All Act.