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President Obama launches fatherhood initiative at THEARC in Southeast

Happy belated Father's Day to all the dads out there. President Obama will be heading over to the THEARC arts and recreation center in Southeast today to announce the creation of his Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, an effort that will be central to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The administration will embark on a six-city listening...

Lead in D.C.'s water? Who's watching out for our children?

As a parent of young children in the District, I was mortified to read in the Pos t this week that there's still potentially dangerous levels of lead in our water! (" Congressional panel finds possible lead risk in some D.C. children's water .") Here’s the information I found about children and lead on the on the EPA's website ....

What does increasing diversity mean for our future?

One of our goals with "Little Citizens, Big Issues" is to showcase diverse voices and viewpoints from the community on issues affecting young children in the District. This is the first in a series of guest posts by one of our partner organizations, the National Black Child Development Institute. Big issues require big solutions, huge conversations, and enormous action. Our...

DC Action For Children's radio debut

Gloria Minott of WPFW-89.3 FM interviewed our Executive Director HyeSook Chung on this morning's MetroWatch report. HyeSook talked about the critical need for quality early care and education in the District and about the grant we just received from the Kellogg Foundation. You can hear the report by going to the station's online archive and selecting story #44.

Building a successful advocacy agenda by working together

As you can see, DC Action for Children has a new face. Our website is emblematic of our new approach to advocacy--serving as a connector and a resource to organizations and individuals dedicated to meeting the needs of the District's youngest and most vulnerable citizens, our children. Over the last decade, science has opened our eyes to the astonishing growth...

Kellogg Foundation commits $5.7M to early care and education in D.C.!

This just in: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is investing nearly $6 million to fuel momentum around early care and education in the District. Click here to see the press release. DC Action for Children is one of the three grantees, along with Pre-K for All DC and Bounce DC (the group bringing an Educare school to Ward 7). Together, our...

Blended PreK: a quiet revolution for DCPS

Fifty-six years after the District of Columbia moved to desegregate its schools, a new wave of integration will quietly sweep DCPS this fall with the incoming preschool class. This time it's not about race, but income. For the first time, in the District's Title I schools, three- and four-year-olds will be assigned to blended classrooms that include both low-income students...

Why our work is even more urgent today

The Foundation for Child Development released its annual Child and Youth Well-Being Index today, revealing that the rate of children living in poverty across the country has hit 22%, its highest point in nearly two decades. It's hard to accept, though not so hard to believe given the Great Recession, that more children are living in poverty today than when...

European child care study cites long-term social benefits for infants and toddlers

Last month, the National Institutes of Health released results from the longest-running and most comprehensive study of child care in the United States, linking the quality of care infants and toddlers receive to their academic achievement and behavior in adolescence. According to the study , children who received lower-quality child care exhibited a greater propensity toward impulsiveness and risk-taking at...

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