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DC Action for Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan child and youth advocacy organization dedicated to using research, data, and a lens toward race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.

DC Action is the home of DC KIDS COUNT, the primary source for data on conditions and outcomes for kids’ well-being. DC Action's collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


What's New?


First Vote on DC Budget and More!

FIRST VOTE ON DC BUDGET AND MORE! On Tuesday, the DC Council took the first vote on the FY 2021 budget. In many ways, it was a step in the right direction, but when we stop to consider how much ground children and families, and the educators and workers who care for them, have lost as a result of the...

Tawana Jacobs Joins DC Action for Children!

Please join me in giving our newest team member, Tawana Jacobs, a warm welcome to DC Action for Children! Tawana Jacobs leads strategic brand and communications efforts for Under 3 DC and shines a spotlight on the need for more public investments for families with infants and toddlers. Tawana is an accredited public relations (APR) professional with over 20 years...

Out of School Time Virtual Town Hall with OSSE 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many barriers and interruptions to out-of-school time programming. As a result, service providers have been forced to pivot to virtual learning platforms to continue to serve youth. Providers were uncertain about what to expect and how to tailor their programs to meet the current challenges. We hosted the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Virtual...

PRESS RELEASE: The Council's Budget Proposal Must Go Further

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 6, 2020 #JustRecoveryDC Campaign: FY 2021 Budget Proposal Must Go Further DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s proposed FY 2021 budget released earlier today is a step in the right direction but still fails to fully meet the urgency of the current moment. At a time when tens of thousands of Washingtonians are rising up against racist...

DC Budget Must Take Into Account the Impact of COVID

With the District on the eve of our first budget vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important for us to step back and reflect on the disparate impacts the virus is having--not just on our health--but also on families’ economic security. As with most crises, without conscious action it’s likely that the families harmed the most will be the same...

ACTION ALERT: Tell Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to Save Child Care

ACTION ALERT: Tell Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to Save Child Care The DC Council is holding their first vote on the budget this Tuesday, and child care providers and educators are being left behind. This will have profound negative consequences for children and families across the District if we don’t act now. We learned that Mayor Bowser CUT...

DC Action for Children Statement on the Selection of Sara Mead, OSSE Assistant Superintendent of Early Learning

DC Action for Children Statement on the Selection of Sara Mead, OSSE Assistant Superintendent of Early Learning We congratulate Superintendent Hanseul Kang on completing the search for OSSE’s next Assistant Superintendent of Early Learning. We are pleased to welcome Sara Mead to DC’s early learning policy community. Ms. Mead brings extensive experience in education and early childhood policy and organizational...

DC Paid Family Leave Is Here!

DC'S $15 MINIMUM WAGE AND PAID FAMILY LEAVE BENEFIT BEGINS TODAY SUPPORTING THE WELL-BEING OF OUR CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND WORKFORCE Today, July 1, 2020, marks a major milestone for parents and workers in the District of Columbia! DC is now the first ‘state’ and the fifth city in the country to pay workers a $15 per hour minimum wage. And...

Take Action for a Racially Just Budget

Last night, we co-hosted a a virtual town hall with the Fair Budget Coalition and The Black Swan Academy to unpack the history of racial discrimination and it’s negative affects on Black and brown communities in DC, and explored what a vision for a racially just budget would look like for children and youth and their families. We were joined...

Samaura Stone Joins the DC Action for Children Team!

Hi Everyone. I'm really excited to share that Samaura Stone has joined our team as Director, Youth Policy and Programs. In Samaura's role, she will establish a team of policy experts and youth organizers and lead a city-wide coalition seeking to empower young people to advocate for systemic changes that will remove barriers and position them for success. _________ Samaura...

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