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 and futures by promoting sound policies and programs that will benefit DC as a whole.
 
Giving our children a strong start is a resolve that unites us all. Our collective work to create real and lasting change for DC’s children and their families is arguably the most important work we can do today for a better future. That is our mission. That is our commitment.
 
Creating a system of high-quality, affordable early learning opportunities involves many moving parts, and our shared values underpin our efforts: hope, fairness and equality. These values are the pillars of DC’s strength and are what unite us as neighbors.
 
We all share in this responsibility to DC’s children, to show them through action that we value them as developing young citizens and future voters. It's incumbent on us to call for change; to end the injustice our children experience when a quality early education is inaccessible; to end the inequality that highly skilled providers experience when a livable wage is out of reach; and, above all else, to remain strong and steadfast in our collective efforts.
 
At the root of lasting change is the charge to ensure that our children are loved, nurtured and cared for so that they have a strong and healthy start to life. High-quality, affordable early care and learning is not the only answer, but it is one of the great equalizers.
 
Now, staff and partners at DC Action are rolling up our sleeves and getting ready for the hard work ahead!
 
As always, we thank you for your continued support,
HyeSook and the entire DC Action team.

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Year-End Appeal: Let's Make DC KIDS COUNT!

As many of us turn our attention to making year-end donations to the organizations and issues that are closest to our hearts, we hope children’s issues are at or near the top of your list. And we encourage you to think about the countless children in need who live right here in DC as you make your charitable donations for 2016.

I am asking you to invest now in a brighter future for DC by investing in a brighter future for our children. With your support, DC Action will continue to speak out on the critical issues facing our children: quality education, foster care, access to health care, decent affordable housing and jobs for working families.

None of this work would be possible without the support of friends like you…friends of DC’s children. I am so grateful that we have a base of supporters like you. Please click here to make as generous a contribution as you can to sustain our vital work.

Please support us at whatever level that feels right. No gift is too small, and we work hard to make every donation stretch as far as possible to ensure all DC children have access to what they need to thrive.

Your tax-deductible donation will enable to work to create assets needed in neighborhoods where resources are scarce – let’s make DC KIDS COUNT!

 

BLOG ROLL 
 

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

BUILDing Support Structures for Children and Families in DC

Disaggregating Data by Race: Context Matters

DC Action's Testimony at the Public Roundtable on the School Health Services Program

PUBLICATION SPOTLIGHT
Check out our newest publications on our evaluation work!

Lessons Learned from the 2016 School Health Needs Assessment

Quality Improvement Network: A Systems Evaluation Mid Year Report

STAFF HAPPENINGS
Our very own Shana Bartley is a member of the inaugural class of the Children's Health Leadership Network. She is 1 of 16 leaders from around the country working to improve the health of children!

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