Little Citizens, Big Issues

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...

DC Action's Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Public School Health Services Amendment Act of 2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Public Hearing on the B22-0027 Public School Health Services Amendment Act of 2017 Before the Committees on Education & Health Council of the District of Columbia March 23, 2017 Good afternoon, Chairman Grosso, Chairman Gray and members of the Committees on Education and Health. Thank you for the opportunity...

Testimony of Shana Bartley, DHCF Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2016-2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Health Care Finance Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia March 8, 2017 Good morning Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Please accept my written testimony as it reviews the performance of the...

Testimony of Shana Bartley, CFSA Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2016-2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Office of the Child and Family Services Agency Before the Committee on Human Services Council of the District of Columbia March 1, 2017 Councilmember Nadeau and members of the Committee on Human Services, please accept my written testimony as the Council of...

Testimony of Shana Bartley, DOH Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2016-2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia February 17, 2017 Good afternoon, Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as it reviews the Department...

Testimony of Shana Bartley, OSSE Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2016-2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 14, 2017 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...