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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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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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By many accounts, our city is thriving. In fact, in a recent survey DC was ranked the number one domestic travel destination for twenty-something's, thanks to its exciting restaurant and bar scene. And last year Forbes Magazine named DC the nation’s “coolest city” for the same reasons. Just look around at the booming condo market, the growth in real estate...

The Goal of Attendance Policy: to Encourage Regular Attendance or to Discourage Chronic Absenteeism?

This week, public school students across the District of Columbia were reunited with their classmates and met their new teachers to start the school year. While the transition from the freedoms of summer—like sleeping-in or spending long days at the pool with friends—can be a rude awakening for some students (I know it was for me when I was in...

Let’s Talk about Attendance -- Every School Day Counts

Students, parents, teachers and school leadership are gearing up for a new school year. Next week, students, with support from those around them, will embark on a journey to master new skills. In order to guarantee progress and work toward academic success, there is one vital message that we can start emphasizing as summer break winds down—every school day counts...

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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!