DC Action in the News

April 22, 2021

DC Line: Kimberly Perry: Critical investments are essential to protect the District’s future

Our city — our entire society — has reached a decision point. As we begin to emerge from the worst public health crisis in a century and we grapple with the undeniable epidemic of racial injustice, we must choose how to move forward. Our children cannot afford for us to return to “normal.”

March 10, 2021

WAMU/NPR: Listen: Youth Advocates Call For Holistic Solutions To Stem Increase In Local Carjackings

D.C. witnessed a surge in carjackings during 2020. Officials reported 350 incidents of grand theft auto — double the number in recent years. Officials noticed that some suspects charged in these cases were teenagers, or even younger. Kimberly Perry, director of D.C. Action for Children, tells us about the root causes of this alarming trend and programs aimed at helping at-risk youth.

February 25, 2021

Wall Street Journal: Washington, D.C., Police Fight a Rise in Carjackings and Blame Covid-19

During the pandemic, police officers in Washington, D.C., started noticing a rise in a crime that alarmed them: teenagers forcibly stealing occupied cars and often going for joy rides.

February 17, 2021

The Nation: In Some States, Child Care Workers Won’t Get the Covid Vaccine for Months

In D.C., LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, the director of the city’s department of health, explained in a letter to child care advocates that it had chosen “to vaccinate a large percentage of our in-person public school workforce,” which would allow it “to expand the critical societal function of in-person school.”

January 27, 2021

DC Line: Sally D’Italia: DC COVID-19 vaccine plan intentionally leaves child care educators behind

As an early childhood educator in DC, I thought I would be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine this week. It’s a promise Mayor Muriel Bowser made earlier this month. Early childhood educators have been working to keep their centers open and operating during most of the pandemic, so we expected the day to come without delay. But we were misinformed.

January 27, 2021

Washington Informer: Early Child Care Educators Among Those Lamenting Slow COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

With Term 3 of the academic year scheduled to start next week, teachers across the District remain in a race to get the highly coveted but scarce coronavirus vaccine.

For early childhood educators, this endeavor has been even more of a struggle as the D.C. Department of Health [DOH] and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) haven’t included them in the vaccination schedule, despite their essential worker designation.

January 26, 2021

Washington City Paper: Child Care Providers to Get Vaccinated in February

Looks like child care providers will start getting vaccinated in February. The news comes as a relief for members of the early care and education community, many of whom have been working in-person for months. 

January 25, 2021

WPFW: WPFW’s To Heal DC: DC Early Educators Fight for COVID Vaccine Access

DC Early Learning Collaborative Chief Strategy Officer Sia Barbara Kamara Ferguson, Washington Association of Child Care Centers President Jeff Credit, DC Directors Exchange Co-Chair Sally D’Italia, and Under 3 DC’s Tawana Jacobs joined To Heal DC hosts Joni Eisenberg and Chuck Hicks to discuss the necessity to vaccinate the District’s early educators at the same time as other DC teachers.

December 9, 2020

WAMU: D.C. To Cut Funding For Homeless Services As Coronavirus Cases Surge

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration is pulling back funding from local nonprofits that serve residents experiencing homelessness, DCist/WAMU has learned. The funding cuts could force some of the affected nonprofits to shrink their programs, from day centers to street outreach, lay off or stop hiring staff and pare down on supplies that support their work.