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November 16, 2015 / Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

D.C.’s baby boom means new challenges

As the population of young children in the District surges, challenges in the availability of affordable, quality child care arise.  (WaPo, 11/14)

Infants and toddlers are the fastest-growing age group in the city, with 26,500 children younger than 3 in 2013, up 26 percent from 2010.


The cost of child care is a major concern for low-income families who must rely on government subsidies that many providers said do not cover the costs of quality programs. About a quarter of infants and toddlers in the District come from families with incomes below the federal poverty line.

– In her latest blog post, WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland recounts how a tense exchange she observed on her neighborhood listerv showcased the difficulty surrounding discussions of race, and shares the opportunities that can arise out of these misunderstandings with a major announcement for the WRAG community for 2016. (Daily, 11/16)

– A recent debate over proposed bike lanes among longtime, largely African American residents in the District, and more recent primarily white transplants to the city, reveals some tensions around gentrification in the area. (WaPo, 11/12)

Your School Shapes How You Think About Inequality (NPR, 11/14)

– Yanique Redwood, president and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation, discusses the ways in which the Greater Washington region can work to reshape the current economy in 2016 in order to create a more equitable workforce system. (CHF, 11/10)

FOOD | A site near the D.C./Maryland border will soon be the region’s largest urban farm. Organizers hope the farm will present a viable solution to the food desert problem that has persisted in areas of ward 7. (WAMU, 11/13)

HOMELESSNESS/HOUSING | The Washington Post looks at how permanent supportive housing has worked for a small group of women in the District. (WaPo, 11/15)

COMMUNITYMany Hands is accepting Letters of Inquiry from organizations interested in applying for a grant byNovember 30. Qualified 501(c)(3) organizations will be referred to one of four focus area committees – Education, Health, Housing and Job Readiness – for further consideration for grants, with the largest totaling $100,000. Click here and here for more information about the process, or visit

Does family makeup determine family giving? A new study says, “yes.”

– Ciara

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