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Welcome Jamar Day to the DC Action for Children Team!

Please join me in welcoming our new Lead Organizer, Jamar Day! Jamar joined the team this week and has already been diving in organizing critical public forums for DC's parents and community members to weigh in on the Mayor's proposed budget priorities. As Lead Organizer, Jamar will facilitate a team of six community organizers, which many refer to as the...

OP-ED: Yael Smiley and Kimberly Perry: Family, medical and caregiving leave are essential for all of us

DC Action for Children Executive Director Kimberly Perry and DC pediatrician Dr. Yael Smiley wrote about the importance of Universal Paid Family Leave in a recent op-ed in The District Line. The COVID-19 crisis reinforces the need for inclusive, accessible programs for public health and public benefits. Fortunately, the District is almost ready to launch a new program that will...

DC Action Welcomes Jarred Bowman to the Team!

We welcome Jarred Bowman to DC Action for Children this week! Jarred joins us as a policy analyst working closely with our signature campaign, Under 3 DC, to monitor, evaluate and promote key public investments in the City’s early childhood education community. Jarred brings his expertise in child well-being, race equity and youth development to deepen relationships with key stakeholders...

OP-ED: Protect Home Visiting! Don’t Cut Families With Young Children Out of the Budget

Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen, DC Home Visiting Council Chair and DC Action for Children Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs, and Fernanda Ruiz, DC Home Visiting Council Program Committee Co-Chair and Mary’s Center Home Visiting Director, wrote for Under3DC about the importance of sustaining funding in the DC budget for vital home visiting programs. The stress of parenting through a public...

Our FY21 Budget Priorities

The District of Columbia is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis, the results of which are likely to shape the future of the District for years, if not decades to come. Mayor Muriel Bowser has released her priorities for children, youth and families through her FY 2021 budget proposal. She’ll be presenting it to the DC Council today. The...

New DC Data Brief: D.C. Can’t Have Economic Recovery Without Child Care Investments

We released a new brief today from the Under 3 DC Coalition, which we co-chair, and our partner the District of Columbia Association for the Education of Young Children (DCAEYC) summarizing data from recent surveys of the child care community about its financial losses as a result of COVID-19 and the need for dedicated emergency funding to preserve this essential...

DC Action and Under 3 DC Call on Lawmakers for Child Care Stabilization

DC Action for Children, co-chair of the Under 3 DC Coalition, calls on Mayor Bowser and her administration to take urgent action with the DC Council to fund a child care stabilization package for the approximately 474 licensed center and home-based child care businesses serving over 37,000 young children under age 5. This package should include: • Relief grants for...

DC Action Joins National Call to Congress for Support for Home Visiting

For decades, home visiting has been an important way to support District families navigating parenthood and the earliest years of their children’s lives. Today, 13 diverse organizations have home visiting programs that provide 1,260 DC children and families with stable, accessible, and supportive guidance and resources around parenting, education, and family health. Now, during the COVID-19 public health crisis and...

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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...