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Reflections on the year

2010 was a long and difficult year for many struggling families with young children in the District and across the country. The recession may have officially ended more than a year ago, but there were few signs of relief -- from the bleak housing market to stagnant employment and state and local governments forced to make difficult cuts to balance...

Making the case for subsidized child care

Petula Dvorak wrote an excellent column in today's Washington Post that makes a compelling case for why the city must continue to invest in subsidized child care for low-income families, particularly young, single mothers. Without child care, the women she profiles would not be able to work and support their children. And as Dvorak points out, even women with higher...

A thin silver lining in D.C. budget

There was no one celebrating Tuesday when the D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to a budget to fill the city's $188 million gap. Funding for critical safety-net programs was slashed, including basic income assistance to thousands of families with children. We had to look hard to find it, but there was a silver lining. Thanks to your calls and emails...

For millions of children, a free and healthy lunch

Last week, while we were focused on D.C.'s gap closing budget, the House delivered a tremendous victory for the nation's most vulnerable children by passing the long-awaited Child Nutrition Bill. Passed by the Senate this summer, the bill prevailed in the House with bipartisan support and now goes to the White House for President Obama's signature. (Read the P ost...

High 5 partners speak out against Mayor's proposed cuts

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Mayor Fenty issued a budget to close the $188 million gap for FY 2011. The plan calls for extensive cuts to programs serving vulnerable children and families. High 5 partners were in force at the Council's budget hearing on Tuesday, including DC Hunger Solutions, the Southeast Children's Fund, The Arc of DC, Wider Opportunities for...

Tell the DC Council to maintain funding for the Healthy Schools Act!

A last-minute opportunity to take action for DC's Kids! The DC Council is holding a hearing tomorrow morning on the Mayor's gap-closing budget, and more than $4.6 million in funding for the recently passed Healthy Schools Act is on the chopping block. The Healthy Schools Act was passed this summer to help ensure that children in DC Public Schools receive...

Littlest victims of the Great Recession

There's an important article in today's Washington Post about the terrible consequences of the nation's foreclosure crisis on children and youth, many of whom have become homeless along with their families. It's heartbreaking and something we as a nation have not examined closely enough. (As the writer points out, the focus has been around the impact on the housing market,...