Despite high levels of health insurance coverage, public health indicators among District children have for some time been among the worst in the nation, including high levels of asthma, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, HIV/AIDS and mental illness.
There are nearly 50,000 children with cases open in the District’s child support system, more than the number of students enrolled in D.C. Public Schools.
As part of the Working Poor Families project, DC Appleseed is helping advance a strong, independent community college in the District, which until recently was the only major American city without one.
DC Appleseed is helping the District raise the quality of its childhood education system by advocating for better compensation for early childhood teachers, whether they work in traditional public public charter or community-based programs, and including not only preschool and pre-k, but infant/toddler teachers as well. This initiative is part of the Working Poor Families project.
DC Appleseed advocates for alternative dispute resolution opportunities within the District’s special education system to help ensure that students get the education they deserve with less time, resources and good will lost to litigation.