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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.


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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...

2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

Child Poverty, the District's Other Pandemic Previous efforts to lift Black and brown families out of poverty aren’t enough. DC must confront systemic racism and break down structural barriers in order to end concentrated child poverty. Washington, DC — Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia are poised to pass a $16.7...

Testimony to DC Council on Need for Just Recovery for DC's Youngest Residents

Testimony to DC Council on Need for Just Recovery for DC's Youngest Residents by Ronald Jarrett, Coalition Director, Under 3 DC Racism defines almost every aspect of society. We have seen how generations of inequality have resulted in a nation struggling to maintain a civil society today. The time has come to let go of outmoded paradigms, protocols, and biases...

PRESS RELEASE:  83 Percent of D.C. Voters Support Raising Local Taxes on Wealthy Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 17, 2020 Contacts: Natali Fani-González, 301.442.8459, Natali@MateaGroup.com Gail Zuagar, 215.888.1153, gzuagar@dcfpi.org 83 Percent of D.C. Voters Support Raising Local Taxes on Wealthy Residents Results of a New Poll Call for Closing Ineffective Tax Loopholes for Corporations LINK TO POLL WASHINGTON, DC — 83 percent of D.C. voters support raising taxes on wealthy residents and corporations to...

Testimony to DC Council on Need for a Just Recovery for DC

Testimony to the DC Council on the Need for a Just Recovery for DC by Kimberly Perry, Executive Director, DC Action for Children At this moment in history when we are facing both a global health crisis and a national reckoning with systemic racism in our country, the District is on the verge of passing a historic budget that will...

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