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We're shaping fair and equitable public policy for all of DC's children and youth to grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.

With the support of individuals and private foundations, DC Action for Children uses research, data, and a lens toward race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


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Council Testimony

Council Testimony: OSSE Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2018-2019

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 21, 2019 Good morning, Chairman Mendelson, Councilmember Grosso and members of the committees. Thank you for the opportunity...
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Council Testimony: DC Health Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2018-2019

Testimony of Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia February 8, 2019 Good morning, Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...
2018 Home Visiting Council Annual Report

Home Visiting Council’s 2018 Annual Report

As 2019 takes off at full speed, we are pleased to announce the release of a new resource for DC early childhood policymakers, providers, and stakeholders: the 2018 Annual Report of the District of Columbia Home Visiting Council . This report combines the most up-to-date information about home visiting programs and funding in DC with the HV Council’s analysis of...
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Testimony of Shana Bartley, DC Council Committees on Human Services & Education Public Oversight Roundtable on the Status of Home Visiting Services in the District

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Executive Director DC Action for Children Public Oversight Roundtable The Status of Home Visiting Services in the District Before the Committees on Human Services and Education Council of the District of Columbia November 28, 2018 Good morning, Councilmember Nadeau, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committees on Human Services and Education. Thank you for the opportunity...
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Testimony of Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar, DC Council Committees on Human Services & Education Public Oversight Roundtable on the Status of Home Visiting Services in the District

Testimony of Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar, Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs DC Action for Children Public Roundtable The Status of Home Visiting Services in the District Before the Committees on Human Services and Education Council of the District of Columbia November 28, 2018 Good morning Chairperson Nadeau, Chairperson Grosso, and members of the Committees on Human Services and Education. My...

We can do more for DC's 5,000 young parents

DC Missing Opportunities to Give Young Adult Parents and Their Kids a Boost New Casey Foundation report illuminates needs and barriers facing DC's young parents and their children ​ District of Columbia — With limited access to opportunities to advance their education and find family-sustaining jobs, DC’s 5,000 young adult parents face hurdles to support their children and fulfill their...

DC Votes for Children and Youth 2018: Election Advocacy Guide Toolkit

​ ​ The 2018 District of Columbia elections present a critical opportunity. Now is the time to push for the needs of the over 120,000 children and youth who call DC home—but lack a direct political voice—to the forefront of every candidate’s agenda. This year, DC voters will elect the next mayor, chair of the Council of the District of...

Agency Budget Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2019, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2019 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia April 24, 2018 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...

Agency Budget Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2019, Child and Family Services Agency

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2019 Child & Family Services Agency Before the Committee on Human Services Council of the District of Columbia April 18, 2018 Good morning, Councilmember Nadeau and members of the Committee on Human Services. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...

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Despite a booming economy, the District has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, with more than one quarter of children and youth living in families struggling to make ends meet. Let's work together to break down structural barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.  Join Us!