Fall Letter from the Executive Director
I always look forward to this time of year for the opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the experiences, challenges and accomplishments that shape our perspective and our path forward. We have much to be grateful for, including you and your commitment to DC's children.
This year, we also celebrated an exciting milestone for our organization. Twenty-five years ago, a group of 6 tenacious women formed an organization called DC Action for Children Today because there was no local organization speaking out on behalf of the city’s children. Those women, or the founding mothers as we affectionately call them, had one goal—to break the cycle of poverty affecting the lives of DC’s youngest residents. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to lead this organization as we continue this legacy.
DC Action always pushes for greater investment in our children. In the early years, the organization focused on budget advocacy, asking city leaders “What’s in it for kids?” and creating a children’s budget. DC Action championed eligibility expansions for Medicaid and universal access to Pre-K for 3- and 4-year olds; DC is a leader in the country in both areas.
From pushing for expansions to preventive dental services and school-based mental health services in 2005 to working with partners to increase eligibility for early intervention services in 2014, and supporting legislation to provide free books to all children birth to five every month and to little ones from inappropriate disciplinary practices in schools, DC Action for Children has a legacy of speaking up for DC children and we continue that work today with more energy and intensity than ever.
The DC Action team remains committed to achieving one result: all children in the District of Columbia, regardless of their race, zip code, or family’s income, have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential. We need partners from across the city who share our passion to join us in making this a reality for our children.
With deep gratitude,
AT THE WILSON BUILDING
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