election

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...

Mapping Voter Turnout by Neighborhood: High Homeownership Rates = Higher Voting Rates

Today is Election Day for national and local primaries. With the general elections fast approaching this November, what might turnout look like across our local DC neighborhoods? Not spectacular, if the last local election is any indicator. Citywide, 38% of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2014 general elections (not a presidential election year). Higher voter turnout tends to...

Vote for DC's Youngest Citizens!

Hopefully many of you have already voted. Across the country, this is expected to be a historic Election Day and many issues affecting children are at stake. But our youngest citizens of course cannot vote, and sadly their voices are drowned out amid partisan bickering. Across the country today: 1-in-3 children are overweight or obese, nearly 1-in-4 live at risk...

What's best for our children?

Last night I attended Chairman Gray's town hall meeting in Ward 7. The church sanctuary was packed to the rafters. It was hot and stuffy, but the excitement was palpable. Constituents waving fans flowed into the choir stands behind the pulpit where Gray stood. He joked that he was "preaching to the choir." Indeed he was -- Gray lives in...

Gray wins after campaigning on early childhood education

The Washington Post 's headline this morning proclaims " A decisive victory for Gray " in the D.C. mayoral primary. The paper's coverage of the race focused on the differing styles of the candidates: Mayor Fenty as the brash, bold leader who wasn't afraid to make unpopular decisions to improve the city's schools and Chairman Gray, a conciliatory, consensus-seeking traditionalist...

Mayoral candidates address issues affecting D.C.'s youngest citizens

Last night's candidate forum at the Channel Inn was attended by dozens of voters who care for and about young children in the District. Many thanks to our partners at the DC Association for the Education of Young Children and Pre-K for All DC for putting on a great event. Five candidates were there: Vincent Gray, Michael Green, Leo Alexander,...