Little Citizens, Big Issues

Trends in Third Grade Reading Proficiency: An Analysis of DC CAS Results (2007-2014)

This month, DC Action for Children released a new report on third grade reading proficiency in the District of Columbia. The report is an update of our 2012 policy brief, which found that third grade math and reading proficiency remained unchanged between 2007 and 2011. Early elementary school is about more than loose teeth and learning to share: it represents...

New Cost Model Analysis Shines Light on the True Cost of Quality Child Care

Over the past year, a number of news articles have drawn attention to the steep cost of child care, which in the District is now more than three times as expensive as in-state college tuition. Despite the amount spent by parents and a sizeable public investment (the District’s child care subsidy reimbursement rates are among the highest in the country),...

How to Inspire Yourself This Year

This blog post was originally shared on the Classy Blog. Classy is the world’s fastest growing fundraising platform for social impact organizations. I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2014 Collaborative and DC Action was selected as a 2014 Classy Awards Nominee. This year, I joined the esteemed Leadership Council, voting alongside other industry leaders to determine the final...

Harnessing Context for Positive Sustainable Change

DC Action is happy to welcome Adrienne Lloyd to the team as a Program Associate! Read her blog post below about her commitment to DC Action's mission. Although there are many reasons to study a second language, I was motivated to study Spanish for an admittedly less language-driven reason. While being able to communicate with Spanish-speakers is an undeniably important...

More Children Continue to Fall Off of the Third Grade Reading Cliff

Despite Massive School Reform Efforts, More Children Continue to Fall Off of the Third Grade Reading Cliff Washington, DC – March 1, 2016 – The new report released today by DC Action for Children illustrate that third grade reading proficiency in DC has not improved since 2007 . In fact, the analysis shows that for some student subgroups, there was...

Agency Performance Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2015, Department of Health

Last week, we testified during the FY16 Performance Oversight Hearing for the Department of Health on the importance of evidence-base home visiting in the early care and education landscape. Read our full remarks below. Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health and...

Agency Performance Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2015, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

We recently testified during the FY16 Performance Oversight hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Read our full remarks here: Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2015 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 17,...

Agency Performance Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2015, Department of Health Care Finance

We recently testified during the FY16 Performance Oversight hearing for the DC Department of Health Care Finance. Read our full remarks here: Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Health Care Finance Before the Committee on Health and Human Services Council of the District of Columbia February 10,...

Looking Ahead in 2016

Over the years, DC Action for Children has focused on highlighting issues and policies that affect the youngest residents in our city, and this year will be no different. While we celebrate the District’s leadership in access to health care coverage for children and Pre-K enrollment , we must also reflect on the poor health outcomes and persistent achievement gaps...

Improving Prenatal Care Usage in the District

As a preventative measure that lowers the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight, prenatal care is vitally important for the health of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants. Thorough and early prenatal services allow health care providers to screen for potential health risks and developmental issues and advise expectant mothers on proper nutrition, exercise, and behaviors that...