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Little Citizens, Big Issues

by HyeSook Chung
on September 29, 2014
Amid all the cynical negotiations over child and families policies, it is easy for child and family advocates to feel defeated. We need to remind our leaders of our American values, particularly the importance of family and the belief that every child should have the opportunity to succeed in life, regardless of his or her circumstances (or ZIP CODE).
This week we celebrate, with 52 other partner organizations, 25 years of the KIDS COUNT network. DC Action for Children is a proud member of the KIDS COUNT network.
by Tim Vance
on September 23, 2014

The 2008 Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Act has positioned the District at the forefront of the universal pre-kindergarten movement. This is a significant accomplishment for the city, and a critical support for its youngest residents. However, since research tells us that the rapid neurological growth that characterizes a child’s early years begins before they are even born, it is worth asking if we are doing enough to help ensure the healthy development of our children during the very first stages of life.

by Tim Vance
on September 19, 2014

Yesterday, The American Community Survey (ACS) released its 2013, 1 year estimates for a number of indicators that help shape our understanding of the status of children in the District of Columbia. This blog post provides a first look at recent trends in the District’s child poverty rates and what it means for our city’s children.

by HyeSook Chung
on September 12, 2014

I remember those horrific winter days scrambling to get my two little ones out the door for preschool. Back then everything seemed such a challenge – getting a 4-year old to coorperate getting to school was not easy!

by Shana Bartley
on September 10, 2014

For some, the following fact may seem intuitive -- in order to succeed in school, students must be in school. However, the numbers of students chronically absent from school illustrate that many DC children and youth may face academic hardship because they miss large amounts of instructional time (10% of school days or more). High rates of chronic absenteeism threaten the future success of the next generation of Washingtonians, but the biggest burden falls on students from low-income backgrounds. 

by HyeSook Chung
on September 3, 2014
by Shana Bartley
on September 2, 2014

A weekly blog on what’s happening and what we are following at DC Action for Children.

Attendance Awareness Month is here!



Along with Attendance Works and 250 partners across the nation, we are excited to kick off Attendance Awareness Month 2014!

Why do we care about attendance?

by Rebecca Kellett
on August 29, 2014

After college and working several years in the “real world” -- I finally landed on macro-focused social work. The recurring social injustice I witnessed on a daily basis frustrated me. I wanted to “fix” the system that wasn’t functioning at its full potential.

Once I decided to pursue Social Work, everything started to fall into place. I started working toward my MSW at Catholic University with a concentration in social change. Every class I took reinforced my decision to focus on societal level change.

by Tim Vance
on August 26, 2014

Last Thursday, Mayor Vincent Grey announced the city’s new school boundaries, ending a long, and at times impassioned, debate over how to structure public school enrollment in the city.

by Shana Bartley
on August 21, 2014

A Washington Post article published earlier this week argues that “it’s hard to build cities for kids.” Given the economic argument that families with children cost the city money while “young, educated, ambitious” adults bring in revenue, the author posed an interesting question—do children need to live in Washington, DC?

I say, “Yes.” Here’s why: