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  • What’s in the District’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget for Infants and Toddlers?

    July 2, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Last week, the DC Council voted on and passed the District of Columbia’s final fiscal year 2025 budget. The budget includes millions in funding for early childhood programs, including child care ...

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    Blog Post
  • What the FY25 Budget Means for Children, Youth, and Families

    June 13, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Education Health and Safety Youth Economic Justice

    This week the DC Council voted to approve a budget for FY25 that is in much better shape than the proposal they received from Mayor Bowser.  After the public outcry in response to Bowser’s propo...

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    Blog Post
  • Testimony of Audrey Kasselman, Policy Analyst, before the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education

    June 4, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony. My name is Audrey Kasselman and I am a Ward 1 resident and a policy analyst with DC Action and the Under 3 DC Coalition. Under 3 is commit...

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    Testimony
  • DC OST Coalition Letter

    May 22, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Education

    Dear Deputy Mayor Kihn, Chancellor Ferebee, and Chairman Mendelson: We are writing to you as concerned members of the DC Out-of-School-Time (OST) Coalition to underscore the importance of DCPS cont...

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    Advocacy Letter
  • National Sign-On Letter for the Pay Equity Fund

    May 22, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    [Traducción al español a continuación] Dear Mayor Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia: As the last few years have made painfully clear, access to quality, affordable and reliable ...

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    Advocacy Letter
  • ESP Letter to OSSE: Recommendations for CCDF State Plan

    May 20, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Sara Mead Superintendente Adjunta de Aprendizaje Temprano Oficina del Superintendente Estatal de Educación 1050 First Street NE Washington, D. C. 20002 Estimada Superintendente Adjunta Mead: El ...

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    Advocacy Letter
  • Letter to OSSE: Recommendations for CCDF State Plan

    May 20, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Sara Mead Deputy Superintendent of Early Learning Office of the State Superintendent of Education 1050 First Street NE Washington, DC 20002 Dear Deputy Superintendent Mead, On Saturday, March 16, o...

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    Advocacy Letter
  • Testimony of Ryllie Danylko, Senior Policy Analyst, before the Committee of the Whole

    May 3, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy

    Hello Chairman Mendelson, Councilmembers, and staff. Thank you for the opportunity to address the committee today by providing testimony regarding the proposed FY25 budget. My name is Ryllie Danylk...

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    Testimony
  • Testimony of Jorge Membreño, Director of Youth Advocacy, before the Committee of the Whole

    May 3, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Youth Economic Justice

    Thank you Chairman Mendelson and esteemed Councilmembers for the opportunity to address you today at the start of a marathon day of testimony. My name is Jorge Membreño and I am the Director of Yo...

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    Testimony
  • Testimony of Mary Katherine West, Home Visiting Program Manager, before the Committee of the Whole

    May 3, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Good morning Chairman Mendelson, Council, and Council staff. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Committee as it conducts this budget hearing. My name is Mary Katherine West, and I am the ...

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    Testimony
  • Testimony of Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen, Director, Early Childhood, before the Committee of the Whole

    May 3, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Good morning, Chairman Mendelson, members of the Committee of the Whole, and staff. My name is Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen, and I am the Director of Early Childhood at DC Action and the Under 3 DC coali...

    View Testimony of Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen, Director, Early Childhood, before the Committee of the Whole
    Testimony
  • Testimony of Audrey Kasselman, Policy Analyst, before the Committee of the Whole

    May 3, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Good morning, Chairman Mendelson, members of the Committee of the Whole, and staff. My name is Audrey Kasselman, and I am the Early Childhood Policy Analyst at DC Action and the Under 3 DC coalitio...

    View Testimony of Audrey Kasselman, Policy Analyst, before the Committee of the Whole
    Testimony