Little Citizens, Big Issues

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...
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DC Children Feel the Brunt of the District’s Affordability Problem Too

Last Friday the Atlantic published an article posing a question that many DC residents are all too familiar with: “ Will DC’s Housing Ever Be Affordable Again?” Though we’re accustomed to thinking about those most directly impacted by rapidly increasing monthly rent in the District — heads of household who are responsible for paying the rent — we might not...

Make Every Day Count!

Students, parents, teachers and school leadership are gearing up for a new school year. For many DC students, with support from those around them, will embark on a journey to master new skills. In order to guarantee progress and work toward academic success, there is one vital message that we can start emphasizing as summer break winds down— every school...

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...