Little Citizens, Big Issues

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...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017, Department of Human Services

Yesterday we submitted written testifimony to the FY17 Budget Hearing for the Department of Human Services. We discuss the state of TANF reform in the District and importance of building data capacity to support service provision and case management. You may find our full remarks below. Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Deputy Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Today we testified during the FY17 Budget Hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on the importance of supporting early literacy and affordable, quality child care in the District. We also dicuss the role data infrastructure development can play in improving child well-being. Read our full remarks below. Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Deputy Director DC Action for...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017, Department of Health

Yesterday, we testified during the FY17 Agency Budget Hearing for the Department of Health on the importance of perinatal and school health. Read our full remarks below. Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health and Human Services Council of the District of Columbia...

The True Cost of a Child Care System?

If you’ve ever looked into child care options and have quickly found your jaw on the floor, you’re not alone. New parents often face sticker shock when confronted with the steep cost of child care. That's especially true here in the District, where child care often costs as much as college tuition for working parents who don't qualify for subsidies...

Trends in Third Grade Reading Proficiency: An Analysis of DC CAS Results (2007-2014)

This month, DC Action for Children released a new report on third grade reading proficiency in the District of Columbia. The report is an update of our 2012 policy brief, which found that third grade math and reading proficiency remained unchanged between 2007 and 2011. Early elementary school is about more than loose teeth and learning to share: it represents...

New Cost Model Analysis Shines Light on the True Cost of Quality Child Care

Over the past year, a number of news articles have drawn attention to the steep cost of child care, which in the District is now more than three times as expensive as in-state college tuition. Despite the amount spent by parents and a sizeable public investment (the District’s child care subsidy reimbursement rates are among the highest in the country),...