Little Residents, Big Issues

A Spotlight on Hispanic Children in DC

October is Hispanic Heritage Month ! In the District of Columbia, Hispanic children represent 15 percent of the under 18 population. Moreover, there are over 7,000 Hispanic/Latino children under age 5 in DC. In 2014, we released a policy brief entitled Giving Hispanic Students a Chance to Succeed from the Start , that explored how race and ethnicity intersect with...

ACS 2015 Reflection: It’s the RIGHT Time to Focus on Children

Glancing through last week’s release of the 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) estimates, it’s not unreasonable to believe that DC is improving. These assumptions may have developed as a result of the increase in median family income or the slight decline in child poverty over the last several years. I can’t blame anyone for being excited about these improvements as...

Focusing on the Future by Supporting Children in the Present

I have to admit that sitting behind a desk at DC Action for Children as an advocate for our youngest citizens is a bit unexpected for me. I had always imagined that I would become an investigator diving into the comorbid world of mental illness and drug addiction. After graduating with a BS in Psychology, continuing on to achieve a...
QIN Impact Quality

How Can the QIN Impact Quality in Early Care and Education?

I wrote about the launch of the Quality Improvement Network (QIN) in the spring of 2015. It is the District’s first step toward a multi-year effort to build neighborhood-based quality improvement systems for early care and education providers in the District. One year later, what have we learned? What makes the QIN innovative and worth continued investment in? Can it...

Home Visiting: A Proactive Approach to Addressing Inequality

DC Action is excited to welcome Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar as a Home Visiting Fellow. Read her blog post below about her dedication to home visiting and early childhood and family policy. There is one chart that I’ll never forget. I was sitting in an education policy class, a fresh-faced first-year graduate student looking for all the answers on how to reduce...
Attendance

September Newsletter: Back to School Means a Renewed Focus On Attendance

Every Day Counts Every September we celebrate the beginning of the school year and Attendance Awareness Month because we know that in order for children to reap the benefits of instruction, they must be in school every day. During this same time, schools across the city work to finalize their enrollment numbers ahead of the annual Enrollment Audit in early...

What Do the 2016 PARCC Results Tell Us? We Need to Invest More in Early Learning

Each year, thousands of District students take standardized tests to assess their proficiency and learning in critical topics like math and English language arts/literacy (ELA). Yesterday, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released the results for the 2016 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams indicating some student gains compared to last year’s...
affordable housing

DC Children Feel the Brunt of the District’s Affordability Problem Too

Last Friday the Atlantic published an article posing a question that many DC residents are all too familiar with: “ Will DC’s Housing Ever Be Affordable Again?” Though we’re accustomed to thinking about those most directly impacted by rapidly increasing monthly rent in the District — heads of household who are responsible for paying the rent — we might not...

Make Every Day Count!

Students, parents, teachers and school leadership are gearing up for a new school year. For many DC students, with support from those around them, will embark on a journey to master new skills. In order to guarantee progress and work toward academic success, there is one vital message that we can start emphasizing as summer break winds down— every school...

August Newsletter: BACK TO SCHOOL means #Healthy2Learn!

As a parent of two, August means summer is winding down and it’s back-to-school season. As we think about school supplies and finish up summer reading, I’ve also completed all of their medical appointments, including their annual check-ups to the pediatrician, dentist and optometrist. I prioritized these checks, not only because documentation is required for school enrollment, but because like...