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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...

DC Action Co-Chairs New Coalition of DC Parents, Early Educators, Advocates, Business, And Community Leaders Who Join Forces To Create The Most Forward-Reaching Early Childhood Campaign In The Nation For Children Under 3

Press Release Under 3 DC gets ready to share ideas for a FY21 budget that cares for DC’s littlest residents WASHINGTON, DC – February 18, 2020 – Under 3 DC, a broad coalition of parents, early educators, advocates, community and business leaders, gets ready to create the most forward-reaching early childhood campaign in the nation by asking Mayor Bowser to...

Welcome Rachel Metz to the DC Action Team!

I'm so pleased to announce Rachel Metz as DC Action's Research and Data Manager. In this role, Rachel works to collect, analyze, and share data that can help advocates understand and address issues facing DC's kids and youth, particularly kids and youth of color. She produces the DC KIDS COUNT suite of publications and online data center, DC Action’s interactive...