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Viewpoint: District must help its youngest residents

The following op-ed was originally published in The Current on October 4, 2017. It was co-authored by DC Appleseed Executive Director Walter Smith and at-large Councilmember Robert White. As we watch District students start a new school year, we wonder how many of them would be doing better in school if they had received high-quality […]

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The Second Amendment and Concealed Carry in DC

You probably saw that yesterday afternoon, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced that the District would not be appealing the D.C. Circuit’s decision on the city’s public-carrying law to the Supreme Court. This was a difficult decision, but we think the Attorney General made the right call, and we are glad he did it with support from […]

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Building a Stronger Early Education System in the District: Our Testimony to DC Council

On Wednesday, September 27, DC Appleseed joined parents, child care directors, educators, and the community at a hearing for two major pieces of legislation currently under consideration by the DC Council. The two bills up for consideration — the BEGIn Act and the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act — both strengthen the District’s […]

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On the Brink of a Multi-Million Dollar Investment in D.C. Health

You may have seen the Washington Post report last week on the District’s persisting racial and geographic disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. For example, chronic diseases and depression are highest in Ward 8, and less than a quarter of residents in the District’s east end see a primary care provider in their own […]

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Investing in D.C.’s Children

High-quality childcare is essential to children, families, and the local economy. Science tells us that brain development in a child’s first three years provides the building blocks for all future learning, and that children deprived of appropriate stimulation in that crucial period will struggle to meet their full potential. With studies showing a $7.30 return […]

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Read our latest white paper: “Results from a Survey of DC’s Early Childhood Education Workforce”

Despite the high costs to families, the business model for childcare providers is not lucrative. The costs for maintaining the space, programming, and staff often exceed monthly revenues. Most providers are forced to manage these circumstances by compensating staff with low wages. In the District, an early educator can expect to make around $26,900 per […]

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Defending D.C.’s Gun Laws

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held by a 2-1 vote that the District’s requirements for carrying a concealed handgun in public violate the Second Amendment. The District’s law requires that a person applying for a license to carry a concealed gun must show either a “good reason […]

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A Real Chance for a CareFirst Settlement

Throughout our longstanding effort to hold CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield accountable to its nonprofit mission, we’ve always hoped for a settlement that would avoid further litigation and protect the public interest. Now, because of an order this week from the D.C. Insurance Commissioner, a settlement finally is within reach. The Commissioner of the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities, and […]

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Giving D.C. Residents a Vote

Yesterday was a busy news day, so I wanted to deliver some groundbreaking local news that you may have missed. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a bill on Tuesday morning that would give the District’s Delegate to Congress the right to vote on all matters applying exclusively to the District. Chairman Phil Mendelson, along with Councilmembers Charles […]

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On HIV in DC: New Stats, New Survey

We are marking another milestone in our fight to end the HIV epidemic in DC. It is an opportunity for us to touch base about what the numbers are, what factors may help or hurt our efforts, and how you can get involved. This week the Mayor announced great news at the release of the […]

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