DC Action in the News

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October 26, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: DC Action Honors District Champions for Children and Youth: Shining Stars in Early Education, Youth Development, Health, and Youth Leadership

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

WTOP: ‘It is depriving students’: After delays vetting DC schools’ volunteers, new vendor could speed process

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

PRESS RELEASE: DC Council Takes Major Step Toward Funding Landmark Early Learning System

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

DC Line: Erica Williams and Kimberly Perry: By balancing the tax code, we can fund a just recovery

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

DCist: ‘This Is A Huge Deal’: New Child Tax Credit Payments To Start Going Out To Families In D.C. Region

“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

Washington Post: Day care is expensive in D.C. Some say the city should spend millions more subsidizing it.

“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

DCist: 80% Of D.C. Voters Polled Support Higher Local Taxes On The Rich

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

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.