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DC's Income Inequality Negatively Affects Children

A few days ago, the Census Bureau released it latest five-year block of data (2012 – 2016) – and with this update, we’re able to see how the profile of District residents is changing. In reviewing the demographic indicators aligning with DC Action’s research and policy interests, I kept returning to ones centered around income distribution, median household income and...

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...

How many DC children live in poverty in your neighborhood?

How are children in DC faring? How many children live in Petworth? What's the median income in Deanwood? How many children under 5 live in the Edgewood cluster? You've got questions, our Data Tool has answers. Here at DC Action, we are committed to tracking the most up-to-date indicators that shed light onto the well-being of children and families who...

A Diversifying DC: Highlights from the Latest ACS Census Data

Yesterday the Census Bureau released its latest five-year block of data and, as DC Action has previously identified, the District’s resident profile is changing. We’re not only becoming a more densely populated city, but our city is also diversifying. As an organization that focuses on the well-being of its youngest citizens, we’re excited to see that children are becoming a...

Disaggregating Data by Race: Context Matters

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s conference for KIDS COUNT grantees on Race Equity and Inclusion in San Antonio, Texas. As inspiring as it was challenging, the conference exposed me to diverse perspectives and experiences of thought leaders, organizers and advocates from across the country. It is by no accident that I labeled...

ACS 2015 Reflection: It’s the RIGHT Time to Focus on Children

Glancing through last week’s release of the 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) estimates, it’s not unreasonable to believe that DC is improving. These assumptions may have developed as a result of the increase in median family income or the slight decline in child poverty over the last several years. I can’t blame anyone for being excited about these improvements as...

The Collaborative + The Classys

In 2014, DC Action was one of the top 5 organizations recognized at the Classy Awards for our work in education preparedness! This was an especially huge recognition for our small but mighty staff of four. As executive director, I also had the pressure of providing a TEDx style presentation as a Game Changer for our DC KIDS COUNT data...

Code for DC APP Simplifies the DME Boundary Review Policy Proposals

Dear Parents, Education Stakeholders and Advocates! We wanted to share that Code for DC released the Our DC Schools - http://www . ourdcschools.org/ application yesterday, to simplify the DME's student assignment and boundary review process. Families, advocates, anyone, can learn about the components of the 3 proposal examples drafted by the boundary review Advisory Committee, and also rate and comment...