Currently, child-care establishments in the District meet approximately 50 percent of demand. The D.C. Office of Planning (OP) is working towards streamlining the process to make it easier for those interested in starting their own child-care facility.
According to PoPville, the current requirements for child-care providers are “unnecessary and hard-to-fulfill.” The proposed changes (seen in the embedded documents below), will allow the Office of the State Superintendent Education (OSSE) to be in control of child-care establishments in the District.
The proposal also calls for the removal of the automatic requirement for zoning relief, though child-care providers would still need to comply with all zoning regulations. Additionally, the proposal will remove the existing maximum of 25 people per child-care facility.
The proposal will be considered at a hearing scheduled for February 8 at 6:30 p.m., at 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 220-S.