April 24, 2020
There is no question this pandemic is putting more than 13,000 special education students at risk of falling further behind. We are already advocating with schools to provide compensatory education to help students catch up. And we will work with the Mayor and the DC Council to protect critical funds in next year's school budget to make sure that schools and families are ready if there is a need for remote learning again this fall.
April 22, 2020
Years of thoughtful planning, careful stewardship of the District’s financial resources, and dedicated work by elected leaders, appointed officials, and civil servants prepared the District to meet the challenges of COVID-19 with resiliency and resolve. To maximize the effectiveness of the District’s response, behavioral health must be incorporated alongside physical health as the emergency continues. The District’s public health and safety needs are not and will not be adequately met without addressing this emergency’s behavioral health dimensions.
April 17, 2020
Excitement. Independence. Anticipation. These are all words someone might use when they turn 21. For DC's foster youth, their 21st birthday comes with a heavier burden. They need to find a place to live, pay for food, rent and transportation, and line up a job that makes enough money - with little or no support from their family. The shift into adulthood is hard for most young people living in DC. Imagine having to take that huge step during a pandemic.
April 9, 2020
When I put pen to paper a few months ago to craft the introduction to our 2019 annual report, I wrote, "In a world of uncertainty, there is one thing we know: Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children right here in our own community." Those words hit an even deeper emotional chord as I write to you today. Far too many families are being pushed further into poverty by today's health crisis. What gives me hope is knowing that -- when we come together, we can keep children safe and build family resilience. Our 2019 annual report is proof.
April 3, 2020
As I reflect on how my colleagues at Children's Law Center have responded to the pandemic over the past two and a half weeks, I realize a sad truth: we have lots of experience helping families make hard choices and prioritize urgent needs. For almost 25 years, day in and day out, we have had to focus on protecting children from the most immediate dangers. What is different today is that all of us are in danger, and many of the supports our children and families have relied on aren't available. It puts parents and children into heart wrenching situations.
March 26, 2020
Over the last year, partners, associates, staff, clients and vendors dedicated themselves to fundraising to serve DC’s children. Now, we’re ready to reveal the 2019 Champions for Children winners. Please join us in celebrating Latham & Watkins LLP, Mayer Brown LLP, Miller & Chevalier Chartered and Bates White Economic Consulting as our 2019 Champions for Children Award winners.
ProPublica: Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Will Rise During Quarantines. So Will Neglect of At-Risk People, Social Workers Say.
March 21, 2020
CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with Joaquin Sapien of ProPublica about the expected dangerous consequences of necessary school closures during the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from children's limited access to food to the negative impact on behavioral health issues.
March 17, 2020
Click here for our list of available resources to support children and families during COVID-19.
February 19, 2020
At Children's Law Center, we strongly believe that it's time to build a DC budget that puts children first. That's why we, in partnership with six other advocate organizations, wrote an Op-Ed for The DC Line urging District leaders to make three critical investments that will ensure ALL DC children learn: 1) Boost per pupil funding to support the students who need it most;2) Expand school-based mental health across more schools; and3) Prioritize DC's youngest children with high-quality, affordable childcare.