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Parents of toddlers who attended a pre-K program at Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School were upset by things they saw at the school: Doors were left open, the student to teacher ratio was surprisingly high, and they weren’t informed when their children were injured or wet themselves. Although private preschools are regulated by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and public school pre-K programs are monitored by the federal Office of Head Start, charters follow different rules and parents don’t always know the about the different standards. Early-education experts say it’s time for D.C. to have more standardized methods to regulate these programs across the board.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

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  • It’s officially cold enough to walk across the Reflecting Pool. [WUSA9]

  • Cold Washingtonians want sympathy, not boasts from experienced Northerners. [Post]

  • Police investigate whether two unsolved murders on Dec. 28 are connected. [Fox5]

  • Will D.C. be spared a bad flu season? It’s too early to tell. [WAMU]

  • How did a car end up on the Klingle Valley Trail last week? [WUSA9]

  • TheCurrentnewspapers are bankrupt and struggling to pay bills. [Washingtonian]

  • Former part-time professor sues GWU over handling of sexual harassment case. [Post]

  • D.C. United plays its first game at Audi Field on July 14. [NBC Washington]

  • All the details on Washington Post lipstick, which you can’t wear or buy. [Washingtonian]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by City Paper staff (tips? tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Meet Marcus Goodwin, a real estate associate running for D.C. Council. [WCP]

  • Federal Transit Administration continues to withhold Metro funding over delayed launch of safety oversight group. [Post]

  • Good news: Jeff Sessions’ marijuana crackdown likely won’t affect D.C. [WUSA9]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Smithsonian’s $2 billion South Mall renovation receives sharp criticism from the National Capital Planning Commission. [Post]

  • How Enlightment’s long-lost gospel-boogie album Faith Is the Key found its way back into the public eye. [Post]

  • Black Cat to close for most of January as it undergoes renovations. [DC Music Download]

  • Big changes are coming to the region’s theaters in 2018. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Check out jazz shows from Carol Morgan and Deandrey Howard this weekend. [Washingtonian]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C.’s coffee culture has matured in the hands of a diverse group of baristas. [WCP]

  • Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que closes in a cursed Downtown Silver Spring space. [Eater]

  • Where to drink beer and practice yoga at the same time. [DC Refined]

  • As demand increases, prepare to pay more for eggs this year. [NPR]

  • Stay warm this weekend and curl up in one of D.C.’s coziest restaurants. [Zagat]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • D.C. organizations are working to make sure the homeless stay warm and safe. [NBC4]

  • A developer and gas station owner is suing D.C. over a law the prevents closing and converting gas stations. [WAMU]

  • Brookland development takes design cues from its industrial past. [Post]

  • The District places 35 vacant properties and unimproved lots up for auction. [UrbanTurf]

  • GWU property management director is now D.C.’s regional administrator for the GSA. [Bisnow]

  • Zoning rules can shape D.C. area neighborhoods, but they can’t do everything. [GGW]

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