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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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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....

Be BOLD. Make Better Stuff. Tell More Stories.

My reflections from the 2015 Communications Institute Last week, I had the opportunity to connect with advocates for children and families from across the United States. The Annie E Casey Foundation held the 2015 KIDS COUNT Communications Institute in Omaha, Nebraska; the event brought together all 53 KIDS COUNT organizations as well as allies and friends working every day to...

NAEP scores are increasing, but what else do we see?

On October 28, DC Action will hold its annual Champions for Children reception to recognize the heroes in our community who work tirelessly on behalf of DC kids and their families. In anticipation of the event, we are releasing a series of blog posts that look at long-term trends in some of the critical measures of child and family well-being...

A True Champion

We are delighted to announce that the recipient of the Children’s Champion Award is Latin American Youth Center President and CEO, Lori Kaplan! Like DC Action for Children’s previous honorees, Lori is a trailblazer among the many incredible leaders working on behalf of children in the District of Columbia. Like DC Action’s founding mothers, she has gone into the heart...

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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!