Little Citizens, Big Issues

National Foster Care Month: Spotlight on Family Supports

April was Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month, and with May in full swing, we are now recognizing National Foster Care Month . It’s a time for us to collectively focus our attention and efforts on the year-round needs of DC children in foster care, and to celebrate the critical loving and supportive role that foster parents play in their...

DC Works Hard to Support Young Children and their Families

During the month of April, DC Action for Children joined District agencies and other partner organizations in celebrating the “Month of the Young Child.” The “Month of the Young Child” not only emphasizes the importance of early care and education for the well-being of children, but also highlights the important role that educators and families play in the lives of...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018, Child and Family Services Agency

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing Fiscal Year 2018 Child and Family Services Agency Before the Committee on Human Services Council of the District of Columbia April 27, 2017 Chairwoman Nadeau and members of the Committee on Human Services, please accept my written testimony as the Council of the District of Columbia...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Testimony of Erica Dean, Research and Data Manager DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia April 26, 2017 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. My name is Erica Dean, and I am the Research...

Highlighting the Month of the Young Child at the Ward-level

As data lovers, we at DC Action look forward to the annual release of our KIDS COUNT Ward Snapshots -- and this year we’re even more excited because this report coincides with Month of the Young Child. Spending the month of April to focus on the well-being of DC’s youngest citizens is key, because one of the most important changes...

The Mayor’s Proposed FY18 Budget: What does Inclusive Prosperity mean in the District?

Mayor Bowser’s Proposed FY18 Budget was released last week, and the team at DC Action for Children spent that last few days reviewing and compiling questions. Still inspired by the Mayor’s State of the District rhetoric on March 30 th , we read through the Budget with her vision of DC becoming a city of “inclusive prosperity” in mind. There...

Can we count you in?

Last Thursday, the DC Action team attended Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 2017 State of the District Address at the University of the District of Columbia. Like many “State of” addresses, it was both reflective and forward thinking. Purposefully, she grounded her message with a focus on “#DCValues” — the shared beliefs that set the foundation of our local culture. These include...

Protecting the Social Safety Net: Reflections from an Anti-Hunger Policy Lens

This month I had the opportunity, along with over 1,300 participants, to attend the 2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference co-sponsored by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America right here in DC. Given the conference title, you might expect the room to be filled with those working exclusively at anti-hunger organizations and food banks. However, I found...

Just Released! Status Report on Home Visiting in DC

Would you believe that, until recently, there was no single resource for understanding what home visiting programs exist in DC, how many families they serve, how they are funded, and where they provide services? Last Friday, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor released just that. DC Action for Children recently completed the Status Report on Home Visiting in...