DC's Parents Overwhelmingly Support
Public Funding for Afterschool Programs

District of Columbia parents see the value in afterschool programs, and overwhelmingly support public dollars going toward these activities that help their kids continue to learn and grow after the traditional school day ends. As reported in the Washington Informer, a new report from the Afterschool Alliance confirms this, finding that nearly 90% of District parents are in favor of public funding for afterschool programs.
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Episode #2: Kid Power, Inc.

As part of our work with the newly formed DC OST Coalition, DC Action continues our blog series spotlighting out-of-school time programs. With it, we will create space to share the stories of voices that have been left out of the discussion about how to support virtual learning and provide for safe and healthy in-person learning for those who need access to it. 

Episode #2: Kid Power, Inc.
By Andria Tobin
Executive Director, Kid Power, Inc.

Kicking off 2021 comes with a deep sense of gratitude and optimism despite the hard realities surrounding us. At times, 2020 felt overwhelming, but we also witnessed the best of our DC community. Just a few weeks into the new year, young people in the District have already been faced with a violent political attack in their city, the unremitting stress of the pandemic, and the ongoing challenges of virtual learning. In light of this, the Kid Power, Inc. team and our community of partners have stood in support of one another and our young people in remarkable ways, enacting kindness, civility, and grace — even while remaining socially distant.

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Testimony of Matthew Hanson, Chief of Staff of DC Action for Children
Before the Council of the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole
Joint Public Roundtable on Reopening District of Columbia Public Schools

With over 34,612 cases and 864 deaths to date, the impact the pandemic has had on the District has been tragic. We know, however, that COVID-19 has hit Black and brown, and low-income residents the hardest, exacerbating just about every social inequity, including in education. While Latinx residents are only 11% of the population, they are 21% of those who have tested positive for COVID-19. And while Black residents are 45% of the DC population, they're 74% of the COVID-19 deaths, as of January 20.

There is still a lot that we do not know about the spread of COVID-19 among children and youth. Vaccines have not yet been tested on children and won’t be approved for months. Now, as a new strain emerges that is more easily transmittable, we strongly believe that we should not rush to return to in-person learning, especially when we can safely do so in the very near future. 

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