home visiting

The case for funding home visiting locally

It’s that time again: budget development season is here and funding is on everyone’s mind. Advocates are scrambling to finalize Fiscal Year 2019 budget asks, while DC agencies have put their pencils down on their own budget requests. In the backdrop of this shuffle, funding is at risk for important federal programs supporting young children and their families. One such...

DC Action's Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017 and the Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act of 2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Public Hearing on “B22-0203, Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017” And “B22-355, Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act of 2017” Before the Committee on Education, the Committee on Finance and Revenue, and the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia September 27, 2017 Good...

DC Action's Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017

​ Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Committee on Health Hearing on B22-350 – Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017 Before the Committee on Health and Human Services Council of the District of Columbia September 18, 2017 Good morning, Chairperson Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the...

Legislation Introduced: Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017

DC Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau recently introduced the Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017 , a bill that would evaluate and potentially implement an innovative funding mechanism for home visiting, institute home visiting capacity grants to support providers of home visiting services, and require Help Me Grow DC to facilitate referral and intake into home visiting...

Celebrating Fatherhood: Why a DC Home Visiting Program Focuses on Fathers

This past weekend, many of us celebrated Father’s Day, and though the relationships children have with their fathers are all very different, research over the years has shown that this relationship really matters . Children with positive father-child interactions are more likely to regularly attend school, not repeat a grade and achieve a diploma/GED [1] . Additionally, this relationship reduces...

DC Works Hard to Support Young Children and their Families

During the month of April, DC Action for Children joined District agencies and other partner organizations in celebrating the “Month of the Young Child.” The “Month of the Young Child” not only emphasizes the importance of early care and education for the well-being of children, but also highlights the important role that educators and families play in the lives of...

Just Released! Status Report on Home Visiting in DC

Would you believe that, until recently, there was no single resource for understanding what home visiting programs exist in DC, how many families they serve, how they are funded, and where they provide services? Last Friday, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor released just that. DC Action for Children recently completed the Status Report on Home Visiting in...

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...

Refreshing a Home Visiting Council in DC: Some Initial Lessons Learned

The DC Home Visiting (HV) Council recently held its first retreat, meant to refresh and restart the HV Council. Think of this retreat as a concentrated strategic planning day led by a national advocate for applying home visiting as a family support strategy, Jason Sabo of Frontera Strategies . Jason gave members of the HV Council perspective on how our...

How Can the QIN Impact Quality in Early Care and Education?

I wrote about the launch of the Quality Improvement Network (QIN) in the spring of 2015. It is the District’s first step toward a multi-year effort to build neighborhood-based quality improvement systems for early care and education providers in the District. One year later, what have we learned? What makes the QIN innovative and worth continued investment in? Can it...