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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.


What's New?


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...

Public Hearing on Bill 21-415, Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015

Yesterday, we testified on the benefits of Universal Paid Leave for families with young children in the District of Columbia. Read our full remarks below: Testimony of Lisa Raymond, Deputy Director DC Action for Children Hearing on “The Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015” Before the Committee of the Whole Council of the District of Columbia December 2, 2015 Good...

Our TOP 10 List: 2015 PARCC Results

On Monday, I attended the Office of the State Superintendent for Education’s release of the 2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) results for 3 rd through 8 th graders, which revealed that only about one-quarter of DC elementary and middle school students met or exceeded expectations on the English and Language Arts (ELA) and math...

Public Hearing on “Early Learning and Early Care in the District of Columbia”

Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director , DC Action for Children Public Hearing on “Early Learning and Early Care in the District of Columbia Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the subject of “Early Learning and...

A Celebration to Remember

It was wonderful to see so many of our friends and partners at our Children’s Champion Awards Reception. The inspiring evening left me reinvigorated with our mission-focused work of ensuring each and every child in DC is able to achieve their full potential. There is no doubt in my mind that our city’s leaders are some of the biggest champions...

DC Posts Strong Gains on the 2015 NAEP

In advance of our Champions for Children awards ceremony last week, DC Action released a blog that examined recent trends in fourth grade NAEP scores to see how DC students had fared both before and after some of the city’s major policy changes over the past decade. Now that the 2015 NAEP scores have been released, it’s important to explore...

Counting Down to our Celebration for DC's Champions for Children!

Twenty-three years ago five women: Diane Bernstein, Marion Guggenheim, Cynthia McGrath, Elizabeth Siegel and Susan Zox Smith had an incredible vision to raise their collective voices on behalf of children and youth. These five amazing and visionary women were drawn together to get involved in helping DC’s children and youth because they knew it was the right thing to do....

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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!