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The UPDATE is a new weekly recap of DC Action's research, data, advocacy, coalitions and news clips. We'll cover the most recent updates of our work in one or more of our policy priority areas– racial equity, economic justice, early childhood, health, education, voting and democracy. 

Racial Equity

Our executive director, Kimberly Perry, and Sara Watson authored a new paper on equity in child and youth policy that outlines what it takes to build advocacy campaign infrastructure that sustains powerful, community-led campaigns that center community voices, solutions, and leaders.

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Health and Safety

This past year has made it painfully clear how important it is that all children, youth, and their families have the nutrition and health care they deserve. As more families are seeking support, and District leaders are deciding how much to budget for local programs, DC Action is releasing today updated health policy snapshots from DC Action's Research and Data Manager, Rachel Metz, detailing recommendations for nutrition and public health programs that support children, youth, and their families. 

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Home Visiting

DC’s Home Visiting Council, co-chaired by DC Action's Program Manager Nisa Hussain, published a report revealing the important work of home visiting professionals and the challenging demands of the job.

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DC Action's Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen testified on Thursday before the Human Services Committee of the DC Council on the importance of sustaining funding for critical home visiting programs. 

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DC Action in the News

Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen was quoted in The Nation discussing the vaccination rollout inequity of prioritizing K-12 teachers above early childhood educators who have been working on the front lines throughout the pandemic.
READ: In Some States, Child Care Workers Won’t Get the Covid Vaccine for Months, The Nation, 2.17.21

Executive Director Kimberly Perry talked with the Wall Street Journal about the importance of out-of-school time programs in supporting youth during the pandemic.
READ: Washington, D.C., Police Fight a Rise in Carjackings and Blame Covid-19, Wall Street Journal, 2.25.21

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