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DC extends cutoff for day care worker education requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia is extending some deadlines for day care employees to meet the strict education requirements it set several years ago.

The Washington Post reports the timeline announced Friday gives some employees up to four more years to complete the certification or degree requirements. Washington enacted some of the nation’s most advanced education requirements for child care workers in 2016. Critics argued child care workers were often paid minimum wage and had little incentive to obtain higher education.

The extensions were proposed in November. Lead teachers in child care centers now have until December 2023 instead of 2020 to earn an associate’s degree. The requirements for assistant teachers, home caregivers and associate home caregivers were pushed back from 2018 to 2019.

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