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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...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Testimony of Erica Dean, Research and Data Manager DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia April 26, 2017 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. My name is Erica Dean, and I am the Research...

Testimony of Shana Bartley, OSSE 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 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 14, 2017 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...

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...

What Do the 2016 PARCC Results Tell Us? We Need to Invest More in Early Learning

Each year, thousands of District students take standardized tests to assess their proficiency and learning in critical topics like math and English language arts/literacy (ELA). Yesterday, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released the results for the 2016 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams indicating some student gains compared to last year’s...

Agency Performance Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2015, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

We recently testified during the FY16 Performance Oversight hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Read our full remarks here: Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2015 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 17,...

We've reached universal Pre-K, now what?

In the District, there has been a much-needed focus in recent years on expanding access to early education – preschool and Pre-K – for all children, a key component of Mayor Gray’s Birth to 24 agenda. While he was chairman of the D.C. Council, Mayor Gray spearheaded legislation mandating universal Pre-K for all three- and four-year- olds by 2014. And...

Provider Viewpoint: Proposed child care regs address quality but ignore cost

Update: In today's Washington Post, a critique of D.C.'s tough licensing requirements for child care providers. Read the story here . Editor's Note: On July 30, the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released proposed amendments to the District’s Child Development Facilities Licensing and Fee requirements. (View them here .) The public comment period was slated to...