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Out-of-School-Time Programs Deserve a Seat at the Table: an Open Letter to Deputy Mayor of Education Kihn

Dear Deputy Mayor Kihn, We write to you out of concern that the voices of educators, families, and youth are being excluded from the current discussion about how and when to safely reopen schools. In particular, we write on behalf of DC’s out-of-school time (OST) programs to ask that you immediately and directly engage the OST community in this process...

Open letter to Mayor Bowser Regarding Selection of New OSSE Head

Dear Mayor Bowser, CC: Deputy Mayor of Education Paul Kihn, Chairman Phil Mendelson, Councilmember David Grosso As State Superintendent for Education Hanseul Kang has transitioned from OSSE, DC Action for Children would like to express gratitude for her leadership and partnership over the nearly six years of her tenure. This moment offers a vital opportunity to find in Kang’s successor...

Watch the Video: Coffee with Council Candidates

Last week DC Action Executive Director Kimberly Perry moderated a discussion among DC Council candidates Marcus Goodwin, Christina Henderson, Ed Lazere, and Councilmember Robert White to find out where they stand on pressing issues that affect the District's children, youth, and families. In case you missed it, you can watch the video here.

Remembering DC's First Residents on Indigenous Peoples' Day

As we reflect on the changing populations of the District in recent decades and grapple with the questions of who our city belongs to, it is important to remember the earliest residents of our city--long before it was “our city”--many of whom were killed, forced off their land, enslaved, or died from imported disease. Thousands of years before Pierre L’Enfant...

DC Action's Testimony to DC Council Joint Committee Regarding Distance Learning

Testimony of Kimberly Perry, Executive Director DC Action for Children Joint Public Oversight Hearing on Distance Learning in DC Public and Public Charter Schools Before the Committee of the Whole and Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia Friday, October 2, 2020 Good morning, Chairman Grosso, Chairman Mendelson, and members of the Joint Committee. Thank you for the...

Our 2020 Voter Guide is Now Live!

ENGAGE: Opportunities to Hear from Candidates on Children and Youth Issues Get the Facts Before You Vote Ballots are currently being mailed to every registered DC voter. Now is the time to make sure you know who is running for office and where they stand on critical issues that affect children, youth, and families. The election this November will be...

OSSE’s Revised Payment Guidance Threatens District’s Child Care Sector

On Tuesday, the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) announced that, beginning November 1, the agency will change the way it pays child care providers that participate in the District’s child care subsidy program. This change would revert from COVID-19 payments to the pre-pandemic payment model, one not designed to account for the unique costs and obstacles the pandemic presents...

STATEMENT: DC Child Care Subsidy Payment Changes Threaten Sector’s Survival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Contact: Tawana Jacobs, tjacobs@dckids.org, 301-325-8687 DC Child Care Subsidy Payment Changes Threaten Sector’s Survival Today, Mayor Bowser’s administration announced that it is changing how it will make child care subsidy payments to licensed providers serving low-income District families, beginning November 1. This news comes one day after the administration announced the launch of...

DC Child Care Associations Ask Mayor Bowser to Keep Making Child Care Subsidy Payments

COVID-19 has brought with it a storm of uncertainty and instability for the District’s child care providers, many of whom already struggled to make ends meet prior to the public health emergency. In this exceptionally challenging time, one of the few sources of stability has been the child care subsidy program. The program supports nearly half of the District’s child...