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D.C. dignitaries joined city children on Thursday to cut the ribbon in front of Educare, a state-of-the-art center focusing on early childhood education in Ward 7. From left, are D.C. Housing Authority Director Adrianne Todman, council member Yvette M. Alexander, Ward 7 Democrat, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Dorothy Douglas, leaning over the banner in the black dress, is a member of the D.C. State Board of Education for Ward 7. (Tom Howell Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. dignitaries joined city children on Thursday to cut the ribbon in front of Educare, a state-of-the-art center focusing on early childhood education in Ward 7. From left, are D.C. Housing Authority Director Adrianne Todman, council member Yvette M. Alexander, Ward 7 Democrat, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Dorothy Douglas, leaning over the banner in the black dress, is a member of the D.C. State Board of Education for Ward 7. (Tom Howell Jr./The Washington Times)

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