This is really excellent, and made me think about my current situation making 55k as a single parent with one child. I can't imagine 3. Kudos to you, and congratulations!
My first job was in 2008 after college. I worked at a non profit in DC as a Program Assistant and made 25k per year which is peanuts in DC. I only stayed a year. I'm sure they're still getting recent grads to work for no money.