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The Washington Post: D.C. had a summer to connect with students and close the digital divide. Did it?

August 24, 2020
With a week left until an all-virtual start to DC's academic year, Children's Law Center has heard from many District families who do yet have the technology or technical support their children need to participate in distance learning. Ensuring that children are able to access their lessons and successfully participate in school is critical. That's why CLC client Donna Black spoke with Perry Stein of the Washington Post to share her family's experience and frustrations with the digital divide.

Health Care During the Pandemic

August 18, 2020
Accessing health care has been a longstanding challenge for the 1 in 2 DC children who rely on Medicaid. The pandemic made it even harder – but it also created an opportunity to expand access through telemedicine. Children’s Law Center wanted to learn more about how telemedicine was working and what lessons we could learn for post-pandemic health care. To inform our thinking, we gathered some of the brightest minds for a community conversation.

The Washington Post: Special education students are not just falling behind in the pandemic — they’re losing key skills, parents say

August 7, 2020
With roughly a month left until an all-virtual start to DC's academic year, Children's Law Center has heard from many District families anxious that their children, particularly children with special needs or without access to digital devices, will struggle to participate in distance learning. That's why CLC client Antwon Gibson and his foster parents spoke with Perry Stein of the Washington Post to share Antwon's challenges and regression during remote learning.

Judith Sandalow Honored with ABA John Minor Wisdom Award

August 4, 2020
It is my honor to share some great news with you. Children’s Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow has been awarded the American Bar Association’s 2020 John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award.

Community Conversations: Telehealth

August 4, 2020
In Children’s Law Center’s third community conversation, we discuss how the District pivoted toward telehealth. We examine what practices and policies made it possible, how is it working, and what lessons have we learned. Featuring: Melisa Byrd (Department of Health Care Finance), and Karen M. Dale (AmeriHealth Caritas DC), Sharra Greer (Children’s Law Center), and Judith Sandalow (Children’s Law Center). 

Helping DC’s Children Navigate a Changed World

July 30, 2020
It is challenging in a normal year to ensure the DC budget supports children and families. This year, when the increased need met reduced government resources, what was once challenging became formidable. Money matters – and our hard-fought gains will make a critical difference for thousands of children, keeping them safely in their homes and ensuring they receive the support they need to manage the trauma of the pandemic.

Videos to Help Keep DC's Children Healthy While Home

July 10, 2020
Over the last few months, I've heard many parents share their concerns about how to keep their homes clean and pest-free. This is especially true for parents of children with asthma or other chronic health conditions. They are nervous to have people come into their home to fix any issues, but they also know the longer their child is exposed to asthma or allergens, the more likely their child may need to go to the hospital. It is one of the biggest dilemmas many DC families are facing every day.  

Celebrating LGBTQ Youth Every Month

June 30, 2020
Last week Americans celebrated a historic Supreme Court decision confirming that federal employment protections extend to and protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers. The positive implications of this ruling are far reaching and worth celebrating especially as we conclude Pride Month.  

Joint Letter: Make DC's School Based Mental Health and Community Behavioral Health a Priority

June 22, 2020
As DC children and families experience high levels of emotional stress and trauma from the pandemic, the economic crisis and the pain underlying the recent protests and calls for racial justice, access to mental health services is more critical than ever. Unfortunately, Mayor Bowser's proposed FY21 budget does not include funding to expand the school-based mental health program next year, and it makes significant cuts to spending on behavioral health services that would further restrict access to mental health services.