Little Residents, Big Issues

August Newsletter: BACK TO SCHOOL means #Healthy2Learn!

As a parent of two, August means summer is winding down and it’s back-to-school season. As we think about school supplies and finish up summer reading, I’ve also completed all of their medical appointments, including their annual check-ups to the pediatrician, dentist and optometrist. I prioritized these checks, not only because documentation is required for school enrollment, but because like...

Leading for Results

Over the past few years, we have been focused on developing strategies and our leadership capacity to ensure we lead for results ! DC KIDS COUNT helps us track our city's collective progress towards our lofty goal: to improve the lives of DC children. We are making incremental progress, yet we have much more work to do to ensure that...
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Why Kids Count in DC

When we think of the economic growth of our city -- we tend to neglect the value proposition of more children in DC. We would agrue DC has made significant strides toward becoming a child-friendly city (i.e. investments in K-12 education, robust eligibility for health insurance, universal preK) and we urge city leaders to continue to invest in children, especially...

The Collaborative + The Classys

In 2014, DC Action was one of the top 5 organizations recognized at the Classy Awards for our work in education preparedness! This was an especially huge recognition for our small but mighty staff of four. As executive director, I also had the pressure of providing a TEDx style presentation as a Game Changer for our DC KIDS COUNT data...

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...

Three Things Great Data Storytellers Do Differently

Ever since the DC KIDS COUNTS DATA TOOL premiered, DC Action knew the potential of this project was only just beginning to be realized. There are many important indicators of DC children’s well-being we still want to visualize, and data updates we want to make as DC’s neighborhoods continuously grow and change. The field of data visualization (aka storytelling) is...

Summer Vacation: A Break from School Shouldn't Mean a Break from Learning

For students in DC, and across the country, the warmer weather and longer days of June mean one thing: the countdown to summer break is almost over. While long summer vacations have been a ritual for American students for generations, the months away from school can also lead to significant losses in academic abilities, especially for lower-income students. From the...

Home Visiting: An Effective Strategy for Improving Outcomes for Children and Families

By simultaneously addressing the needs of both the infant and the mother, we can have a greater impact on children so that they can thrive. In an excellent article in the Huffington Post, Jonathan Cohn beautifully lays out the data and history of home visitation as a key intervention in tackling poverty for children and their families. We are huge...