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Tiffany Black, DCSRN Parent

Tiffany Black is a Ward 8 mom of six children in varying grade levels. She connected with her parent advocate through DCSRN’s partnership with AppleTree Early Learning Center. Read her full story to see why Tiffany was so excited after speaking with her parent advocate.





Kiesha Campbell, DCSRN Parent

With two demanding jobs and 3 children, opting into DCSRN's free services was an easy decision for Kiesha. With the help of her parent advocate, Kiesha was able to complete lottery applications for twins Kendon and Kharis, who were ultimately placed together at a high quality school. Read her full story to learn how her advocate played an essential role in supporting Kiesha as she completed the lottery process.



Nakoda Jordan, DCSRN Parent 

Nakoda had already completed the lottery application process by the time she got in touch with DCSRN. Though her son had recieved a match, she knew that he needed different options. Her advocate was able to help find schools that she had not initially considered, and supported her as she submitted her post-lottery application. Read her full story to see where her children ended up enrolling! 


Jana Lemons, DCSRN Parent  

Jana, a Ward 8 parent, had already begun to conduct her own research into possible schools online when she came across a flyer for DCSRN’s services in her apartment building. She called the office right away and became connected with her parent advocate. Jana wanted to tap into DCSRN’s in-depth knowledge about quality public schools in DC, and felt that conversations with her advocate gave her more insight regarding school culture, teacher quality, and the school’s academic performance, ultimately helping her make the best decision for her son Chase. Read their full story here.





Sharon Lemons, DCSRN Parent

Sharon Lemons, a preschool teacher living in Ward 7, is the mom of bright and creative daughter Johnae. Sharon knew that she wanted Johnae to attend a rigorous high school that challenged her academically and offered her a wealth of electives and extracurricular activities. But when it came time to start the lottery process, Sharon quickly became overwhelmed. Luckily, her DCSRN parent advocate contacted her soon after the process started and became an invaluable resource to Sharon throughout the process. Read Sharon's full story.






Rosita McCollum, DCSRN Parent

Rosita McCollum is a clerk at a local bookstore and single mom who lives in Ward 8 with her son Maki, a rising sixth grader. Rosita works 12 hour days with a short window of personal time each morning. Read their full story and learn how their DCSRN parent advocate was instrumental in helping Maki complete enrollment in his top choice school and why Rosita said, "I would not have known how to apply and enroll Maki into his top choice school without DCSRN."




Katrina Minor, DCSRN Parent

Katrina felt comfortable accepting the match and completing enrollment because, even though she was unable to tour the school in-person, she had watched DCSRN’s virtual school tour and was impressed with the school, especially with the academics. Katrina’s parent advocate helped her complete enrollment by providing her with deadline reminders and supporting her in completing requirements online and in-person. Read Katrina's full story.





Nahomie Mwitaba, DCSRN Parent

Before working with DCSRN, Nahomie did not know there was a public school choice application process, what her daughter Anaya's potential options were, or how to navigate the process. Luckily, Nahomie was contacted by her DCSRN parent advocate, who identified great quality school options and guided her through the application and enrollment. Read more to find out how Nahomie's advocate supported her and where Anaya was matched!






Tiara Powers, DCSRN Parent

Because of her busy schedule, Tiara was thrilled when her DCSRN parent advocate contacted her and offered DCSRN's free services that met her and her son Blake's needs. Read more about how Tiara's parent advocate helped her through the application and enrollment processes, and why she said. "DCSRN made my son's education a priority."





Bridgett Smith, DCSRN Parent

Bridgett Smith is a single mom who lives in Ward 8 with her seven children including Tionna, a rising sixth grader who wants to be a teacher and basketball player when she grows up. Before Bridgett received DCSRN’s free services, she knew little about the DC public school choice application process and only knew that she wanted Tionna to attend a school that would fully support her academic growth. Read her full story to see how Bridgett's advocate made access to a quality public school possible. 







Homeless Children's Playtime Project, DCSRN Partner

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (Playtime Project), works to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in Washington DC. DCSRN and Playtime Project partake in a rewarding partnership that enriches the work of both organizations. Read more about this partnership.






So Others Might Eat, DCSRN Partner

Collaboration with local organizations that also serve DC families is critical to the success of DCSRN’s work. DCSRN currently maintains partnerships with over 50 community organizations throughout the District. One such partnership is with the nonprofit So Others Might Eat (SOME), which supports DC residents with free meals, clothing, medical and dental care, job training, affordable housing and much more. SOME Senior Director of Family Housing said, "DCSRN’s work is important. SOME is grateful for this fruitful partnership that greatly benefits our families." Read more about this partnership.

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