early childhood

Council Testimony: OSSE Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2018-2019

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 21, 2019 Good morning, Chairman Mendelson, Councilmember Grosso and members of the committees. Thank you for the opportunity...

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...

November Newsletter: Our Road Ahead

A Note from the Executive Director: Now that the results of the 2016 presidential election are in, it’s clear that the work of DC Action for Children will be even more important as the nation moves forward in new and uncharted territory. Positive outcomes for DC children and their families are dependent on our continued commitment to improving their lives...

Focusing on the Future by Supporting Children in the Present

I have to admit that sitting behind a desk at DC Action for Children as an advocate for our youngest citizens is a bit unexpected for me. I had always imagined that I would become an investigator diving into the comorbid world of mental illness and drug addiction. After graduating with a BS in Psychology, continuing on to achieve a...

Help shape D.C.'s Early Childhood Advisory Council

In the District, as in many states, child care, pre-kindergarten, special education services, Early Head Start, Head Start and early intervention operate in separate programmatic and policy silos, each with myriad—even conflicting—objectives and funding streams. The consequence is uncoordinated early childhood policy, which can often degrade access, quality and the return on investment of such programs. I can’t tell you...