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2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

Child Poverty, the District's Other Pandemic Previous efforts to lift Black and brown families out of poverty aren’t enough. DC must confront systemic racism and break down structural barriers in order to end concentrated child poverty. Washington, DC — Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia are poised to pass a $16.7...

Testimony to DC Council on Need for Just Recovery for DC's Youngest Residents

Testimony to DC Council on Need for Just Recovery for DC's Youngest Residents by Ronald Jarrett, Coalition Director, Under 3 DC Racism defines almost every aspect of society. We have seen how generations of inequality have resulted in a nation struggling to maintain a civil society today. The time has come to let go of outmoded paradigms, protocols, and biases...

PRESS RELEASE:  83 Percent of D.C. Voters Support Raising Local Taxes on Wealthy Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 17, 2020 Contacts: Natali Fani-González, 301.442.8459, Natali@MateaGroup.com Gail Zuagar, 215.888.1153, gzuagar@dcfpi.org 83 Percent of D.C. Voters Support Raising Local Taxes on Wealthy Residents Results of a New Poll Call for Closing Ineffective Tax Loopholes for Corporations LINK TO POLL WASHINGTON, DC — 83 percent of D.C. voters support raising taxes on wealthy residents and corporations to...

Testimony to DC Council on Need for a Just Recovery for DC

Testimony to the DC Council on the Need for a Just Recovery for DC by Kimberly Perry, Executive Director, DC Action for Children At this moment in history when we are facing both a global health crisis and a national reckoning with systemic racism in our country, the District is on the verge of passing a historic budget that will...

PRESS RELEASE: DC in the State of Babies Yearbook

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAS WORK TO DO TO ACHIEVE EQUITY FOR ITS BLACK BABIES COVID-19 pandemic and racial protests have exposed and exacerbated disparities among young children Contacts: Kimberly Perry, DC Action for Children, 202-487-0522 Max Samis, ZERO TO THREE, 202-857-2658 WASHINGTON, DC – A new report, the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020, released today by early childhood development...

Youth. Power. Pride.

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH! It's Pride Month, here in the Nation's Capital, and around the country and world. Pride is a time for us all to stop and reflect on the impact LGBTQIA+ people have had on the world. It is also a time to promote the affirmation, dignity, equality, and visibility of our LGBTQIA+ kids, families, residents and communities...

Testimony to DC Council on WIC

Testimony to DC Council on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children by Ronald Jarrett, Coalition Director, Under 3 DC Racism defines almost every aspect of society. We have seen how generations of inequality have resulted in a nation struggling to maintain a civil society today. The time has come to let go of outmoded paradigms, protocols...

Testimony to DC Council on Public Health Insurance

Testimony to DC Council on Public Health Insurance by Rachel Metz, Research and Data Manager, DC Action for Children Because of the impact of historic and current racism, poverty is racialized in DC. According to the most recent Census estimates, the average income for DC’s white households is almost four times that of Black households and three times that of...

Testimony to DC Council on Home Visiting Programs

Testimony to the DC Council on Home Visiting Programs by Nisa Hussain, Early Childhood Program Associate DC Action supports maintaining level funding in the FY 2021 budget for DC Health and the Department of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) critical early childhood health, mental health, and home visiting programs at this important time in the District’s history. While the country navigates the...