Little Citizens, Big Issues

DC Action's Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017

​ Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Committee on Health Hearing on B22-350 – Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017 Before the Committee on Health and Human Services Council of the District of Columbia September 18, 2017 Good morning, Chairperson Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the...

PARCC scores reveal widening achievement gap in third grade reading proficiency

For the third year in a row, DC students in almost every grade and sub-group made gains in math and reading scores on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) Specifically, the percentage of students meeting the 4+ “at or above proficiency” benchmark increased by 4 points in English Language Arts (ELA) to 31% and 2...

Legislation Introduced: Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017

DC Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau recently introduced the Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017 , a bill that would evaluate and potentially implement an innovative funding mechanism for home visiting, institute home visiting capacity grants to support providers of home visiting services, and require Help Me Grow DC to facilitate referral and intake into home visiting...

Celebrating Fatherhood: Why a DC Home Visiting Program Focuses on Fathers

This past weekend, many of us celebrated Father’s Day, and though the relationships children have with their fathers are all very different, research over the years has shown that this relationship really matters . Children with positive father-child interactions are more likely to regularly attend school, not repeat a grade and achieve a diploma/GED [1] . Additionally, this relationship reduces...

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...