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In the midst of this historic public health pandemic, DC Action's data and policy advocacy is needed more than ever before. Since the pandemic hit, our team of experts have been sharing critical needs with policymakers and advocating for effective government response, relief and, soon, recovery for DC's children, youth and families - and the organizations that serve them. We...

Statement from DC Action for Children on OSSE 3.20.20 COVID-19 Guidance

DC Action for Children is appreciative for the DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education's (OSSE) action to support child care providers and families in the agency’s most recent guidance on March 20. The measures OSSE has taken will be critical to ensuring that providers are able to remain viable through this crisis and that families who need child...

Statement from DC Action for Children on COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020

Yesterday the DC Council passed the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act. We appreciate the Council's quick and decisive action to support vulnerable District residents and small businesses. As we all navigate this unfamiliar public health situation, the needs of child care and youth providers require additional immediate action to ensure that providers remain viable and that families - particularly low-income...

Welcome Kellie Somerville to the DC Action Team

It's my pleasure to announce and introduce you to Kellie Somerville who joined our DC Action team, this week as my Executive Assistant. Kellie will provide critical operations, Board coordination, and right-hand administrative support to me. After more than a decade of work experience, and earning degrees in Child Development and Business Administration, her experiences have allowed her to expand...

Under 3 DC Coalition Writes Letter to Mayor and DC Council on Emergency Relief Policies for ECE and Families

Under 3 DC, associated organizations and advocates wrote a letter requesting immediate and clear guidance and action from the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the DC Council, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and related agencies regarding policy choices that can help child care providers and the families they serve remain operable...

Matthew Hanson Joins DC Action!

What a thrill it is to welcome Mat Hanson to the DC Action for Children team! As Chief of Staff, Mat will work with me to help grow the organization and build power among our constituents. He will provide leadership and management of staff, execution of the organization's strategic plan, and ensure racial justice and equity is fully integrated into...

Broad Coalition Urges DC to Expand Protections for Low-Income Residents During Public Health Emergency

DC Action for Children signed on to this letter to the Mayor and DC Council. The DC Council will consider emergency legislation on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to support DC residents and businesses during the COVID-19 public health emergency. If your organization would like to sign onto this letter, please contact joanna@jufj.org. Friday, March 13, 2020 Dear Mayor Bowser, Chairman...

Advocates to Mayor: Make investments that put DC’s children first

Heading into a budget season with a $500 million surplus, we call on the District’s leaders to build a budget that puts children and youth first. We co-authored this opinion editorial published by the DC Line with our colleagues at the Children's Law Center, School Justice Project, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, PAVE, DC Alliance of Youth Advocates and Georgetown Juvenile...