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January 19, 2022
WASHINGTON INFORMER: COVID Spike Has After-School Programs Demanding Better Collaboration with Partners
As District public and public charter schools continue to solidify COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the new year, several out-of-schooltime partners continue to demand that school leaders maintain communication and transparency about cases to ensure the safety of volunteers that conduct after-school programming.
January 19, 2022
Thousands of child care workers across D.C. could receive additional pay this year worth up to $14,000. This is part of a longstanding plan to gradually increase salaries among educators who care for infants and toddlers — and who currently only make slightly more than minimum wage.
January 17, 2022
Kimberly Perry, Executive Director of DC Action, talks with reporter Sue Goodwin about how recovery from the coronavirus pandemic must correct historic wrongs against families and children in Washington, DC.
January 12, 2022
“By the end of the task force, we would have produced recommendations that will start an early educator compensation program. There’s nothing like that in the country,” said Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen, a task force member and director of the DC Under 3 coalition, which advocated for the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act’s funding last budget season.
January 3, 2022
The DC Council will vote on emergency legislation to extend the timeline for the Early Childhood Educator Compensation Task Force to complete its work to immediately increase teacher pay and overhaul the District’s compensation system. Under 3 DC Director Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen is releasing the following statement about this crucial DC Council vote.
October 26, 2021
Last week, DC Action shined a light on five extraordinary Black women who are making a difference in the lives of thousands of District families during its inaugural Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony. By way of the merger of DC Action for Children and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, DC Action, a newly created entity, honored community leaders on the front lines in early education, youth development, health, and youth leadership. The gathering celebrated the honorees for their advocacy to improve the lives of young people, from cradle to career.
October 21, 2021
Ryllie Danylko, a policy analyst at DC Action for Children, said if there have been delays in the past, they weren’t extensive. The DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, organized through DC Action, represents 60 organizations that provide after school and summer programs to kids across all eight wards.
July 20, 2021
Today, the DC Council took the first big step toward funding Birth-to-Three for All, the District’s landmark early learning legislation. Councilmember Charles Allen introduced a budget amendment to the Committee of the Whole at today’s meeting that would fund early educator compensation increases and support other public good programs. Eight out of 13 councilmembers voted to pass the amendment, which raises revenue with a 3% personal tax increase on DC’s highest earners. This was the Council’s first vote on the FY2022 budget.
July 19, 2021
Equity requires both raising enough revenue to meet the needs of all our residents and doing so in a way that’s based on people’s ability to pay. Right now in the District, a nurse making just over $60,000 a year pays the same top income tax rate as a corporate lobbyist making up to $350,000 a year. That’s just not right, and it’s time to level the playing field. Balancing the tax code could raise millions to invest in crucial areas like affordable housing and high-quality affordable child care and make our tax code more equitable.
July 14, 2021
“This is a huge deal, especially for working families in the District,” says Mat Hanson, chief of staff at D.C. Action for Kids. “And there is a really strong racial equity component to it, because we know that the majority of the families that are going to benefit from this are Black and brown, and particularly for Black families. About half of Black households with children reported having lost some employment income since the pandemic hit.”
July 11, 2021
“There’s no real business model of child care, because child care is torn between what parents can pay . . . and what it costs to provide high-quality care and education, which is very expensive,” said Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen, who leads the Under 3 DC Coalition, which calls for the city to spend more to subsidize care for infants and toddlers. “It’s a system we rely on economically and a system we rely on socially — we just have to start seeing those public investments.”
June 22, 2021
A large majority of D.C. voters support raising taxes on big corporations and higher-income residents to help bankroll the city’s recovery and other goals.
That’s according to the results of a new poll sponsored by two advocacy organizations: the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute and DC Action. The results show broad support for more progressive taxation across various demographic groups, including age, education level, gender, race, and ward. This holds true even in the city’s most affluent wards, which would generally absorb the brunt of more progressive tax rates.
April 22, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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.