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Little Citizens, Big Issues

by Tim Vance
on October 7, 2014

This is part two of a two-part blog post taking a closer look at data on two important indicators for the healthy development of infants and toddlers in the District

by HyeSook Chung
on October 4, 2014

Here's our Op-Ed in the Washington Post, in partnership with Attendance Works.

Hedy Chang is director of Attendance Works, a national nonprofit that promotes better practice and policy around school attendance. Attendance Works has conducted training in DC and Maryland. HyeSook Chung is executive director of DC Action for Children.

by Shana Bartley
on October 2, 2014

The number of young children in our city is growing—are we ready for them?

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?