Little Citizens, Big Issues

The case for funding home visiting locally

It’s that time again: budget development season is here and funding is on everyone’s mind. Advocates are scrambling to finalize Fiscal Year 2019 budget asks, while DC agencies have put their pencils down on their own budget requests. In the backdrop of this shuffle, funding is at risk for important federal programs supporting young children and their families. One such...

DC’s youngest children will be affected by proposed EPA budget cuts

Exposure to lead can be life-threatening for young children. Because their lungs, immune and nervous systems are not fully developed, children under 5 are more sensitive to chemicals and are unable to combat any extensive exposure to these toxins. [1] Contact with unsafe chemicals also dramatically increases a child’s risk of pneumonia, asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases. [2] Last...

Amid Mounting National Tensions, D.C. Children in Immigrant Families Fare Better Than Their Peers in Other States

​ Amid Mounting National Tensions, D.C. Children in Immigrant Families Fare Better Than Their Peers in Other States 2017 Race for Results report highlights the importance of policies that level the playing field for all children WASHINGTON, D.C. — The District of Columbia’s vitality and prosperity depend on the success of all children. In a new report by the Annie...

DC Action's Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017 and the Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act of 2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Public Hearing on “B22-0203, Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017” And “B22-355, Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act of 2017” Before the Committee on Education, the Committee on Finance and Revenue, and the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia September 27, 2017 Good...

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...