D.C.’s Free Preschool Program Turns 10. How It’s Changed Family Life In The District.

“When Deanwood resident Frances Whalen’s daughters were young, sleep was hard to come by. At the time, Whalen, who is now a security systems monitor for Fairfax County Public Schools, worked overnight shifts. Her mom or brother took care of her daughters while she worked, and Whalen watched them during the day. That changed when her daughters started preschool at Houston Elementary in Northeast D.C. ‘I would be able to sleep when I needed to sleep,’ said Whalen, who is now the school’s PTA president. ‘It wasn’t an interrupted or broken sleep.’ “