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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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Agency Performance Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2015, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

We recently testified during the FY16 Performance Oversight hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Read our full remarks here: Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2015 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 17,...

Agency Performance Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2015, Department of Health Care Finance

We recently testified during the FY16 Performance Oversight hearing for the DC Department of Health Care Finance. Read our full remarks here: Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Health Care Finance Before the Committee on Health and Human Services Council of the District of Columbia February 10,...

Looking Ahead in 2016

Over the years, DC Action for Children has focused on highlighting issues and policies that affect the youngest residents in our city, and this year will be no different. While we celebrate the District’s leadership in access to health care coverage for children and Pre-K enrollment , we must also reflect on the poor health outcomes and persistent achievement gaps...

Improving Prenatal Care Usage in the District

As a preventative measure that lowers the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight, prenatal care is vitally important for the health of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants. Thorough and early prenatal services allow health care providers to screen for potential health risks and developmental issues and advise expectant mothers on proper nutrition, exercise, and behaviors that...

Public Hearing on the District’s draft Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant Plan (CCDF Plan)

Last week we submitted written testimony on the District of Columbia's draft Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant Plan. Read our full remarks below: Written Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Public Hearing on the District’s draft Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant Plan (CCDF Plan) The Division of Early Learning in the Office...

A Third of DC Children Live in a Neighborhood of Concentrated Poverty

The places in which children live, learn and grow have a tremendous effect on their well-being and success. When a neighborhood is safe and supportive, with community resources and adults who are doing well, children are more likely to prosper. Similarly, if a neighborhood lacks resources and has a high rate of poverty, children can face more challenges. A third...

DC KIDS COUNT Data Tool 2.0 updated with newly released 5-year American Community Survey estimates for 2010-2014

Five years of data collected between 2010 and 2014 provide statistics on more than 40 economic, housing and well-being indicators, including commuting, educational attainment and home value. As the nation’s largest ongoing household survey, the American Community Survey produces statistics at all levels of geography, down to the block group level. The American FactFinder provides access to these data about...

The Tale of Three Cities

Last week, DC Action released our annual Ward Snapshots , which track the state of child well-being in each of the city’s eight wards. We will be posting a series of short blogs posts that draw on the data from the snapshots to explore how DC’s broader economic and demographic changes have impacted children and families across some of the...

Ward Snapshots Reveal Growing Disparities

Ward Snapshots Reveal Growing Disparities Despirte growth and econmic prosperity in the District, some wards are being left behind Washington, DC – December 8, 2015 – The new Ward Snapshots released today by DC Action for Children reveal that citywide data show continued prosperity, but many of the city’s children and families continue to face substantial barriers to accessing opportunities...

Engaging Parents, Building Communities

Supporting parent engagement is one of the strategies that is often raised when discussing how to improve public education. But what exactly is meaningful parental engagement and how does it improve student outcomes? Last week, the department of Education hosted a presentation to share new research on the impact of the Family Engagement Partnership (FEP), an intensive, school-wide program to...

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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!