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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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New DC Data Brief: D.C. Can’t Have Economic Recovery Without Child Care Investments

We released a new brief today from the Under 3 DC Coalition, which we co-chair, and our partner the District of Columbia Association for the Education of Young Children (DCAEYC) summarizing data from recent surveys of the child care community about its financial losses as a result of COVID-19 and the need for dedicated emergency funding to preserve this essential...

DC Action and Under 3 DC Call on Lawmakers for Child Care Stabilization

DC Action for Children, co-chair of the Under 3 DC Coalition, calls on Mayor Bowser and her administration to take urgent action with the DC Council to fund a child care stabilization package for the approximately 474 licensed center and home-based child care businesses serving over 37,000 young children under age 5. This package should include: • Relief grants for...

DC Action Joins National Call to Congress for Support for Home Visiting

For decades, home visiting has been an important way to support District families navigating parenthood and the earliest years of their children’s lives. Today, 13 diverse organizations have home visiting programs that provide 1,260 DC children and families with stable, accessible, and supportive guidance and resources around parenting, education, and family health. Now, during the COVID-19 public health crisis and...

We're Hiring

In the midst of this historic public health pandemic, DC Action's data and policy advocacy is needed more than ever before. Since the pandemic hit, our team of experts have been sharing critical needs with policymakers and advocating for effective government response, relief and, soon, recovery for DC's children, youth and families - and the organizations that serve them. We...

Statement from DC Action for Children on OSSE 3.20.20 COVID-19 Guidance

DC Action for Children is appreciative for the DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education's (OSSE) action to support child care providers and families in the agency’s most recent guidance on March 20. The measures OSSE has taken will be critical to ensuring that providers are able to remain viable through this crisis and that families who need child...

Statement from DC Action for Children on COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020

Yesterday the DC Council passed the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act. We appreciate the Council's quick and decisive action to support vulnerable District residents and small businesses. As we all navigate this unfamiliar public health situation, the needs of child care and youth providers require additional immediate action to ensure that providers remain viable and that families - particularly low-income...

Welcome Kellie Somerville to the DC Action Team

It's my pleasure to announce and introduce you to Kellie Somerville who joined our DC Action team, this week as my Executive Assistant. Kellie will provide critical operations, Board coordination, and right-hand administrative support to me. After more than a decade of work experience, and earning degrees in Child Development and Business Administration, her experiences have allowed her to expand...

Under 3 DC Coalition Writes Letter to Mayor and DC Council on Emergency Relief Policies for ECE and Families

Under 3 DC, associated organizations and advocates wrote a letter requesting immediate and clear guidance and action from the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the DC Council, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and related agencies regarding policy choices that can help child care providers and the families they serve remain operable...

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