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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. We also Chair the Under 3 DC campaign, the DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, and the DC Home Visiting Council.

DC Action's collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


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Report Shows Critical Role of Home Visiting Programs Before, During, and After Pandemic

Report Shows Critical Role of Home Visiting Programs Before, During, and After Pandemic by Nisa Hussain, Early Childhood Program Associate, DC Action for Children We are pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Annual Report of the District of Columbia Home Visiting Council. While we are midway through a tumultuous 2020, and at the end of an unusually long...

Our Child Care Crisis Calls for Greater Action

Next week, the DC Council will hold its second vote on the budget, giving council members the opportunity to take greater action to address our growing child care crisis, which has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. That is why we are calling on the DC Council to take immediate action to stabilize the child care sector and pursue long-term...

Blog Highlight: When Structural Racism Went Viral

When Structural Racism Went Viral: Race and Care in the Nation’s Capital Jarred Bowman is a Policy Analyst with DC Action for Children providing research and advocacy to help build political power for children and families in the District. Part I: The Racial Pandemic within the Viral Pandemic On April 5, 2020, my Aunt Betty passed away from COVID-19 at...

Tawana Jacobs Joins DC Action for Children!

Please join me in giving our newest team member, Tawana Jacobs, a warm welcome to DC Action for Children! Tawana Jacobs leads strategic brand and communications efforts for Under 3 DC and shines a spotlight on the need for more public investments for families with infants and toddlers. Tawana is an accredited public relations (APR) professional with over 20 years...

First Vote on DC Budget and More!

FIRST VOTE ON DC BUDGET AND MORE! On Tuesday, the DC Council took the first vote on the FY 2021 budget. In many ways, it was a step in the right direction, but when we stop to consider how much ground children and families, and the educators and workers who care for them, have lost as a result of the...

Out of School Time Virtual Town Hall with OSSE 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many barriers and interruptions to out-of-school time programming. As a result, service providers have been forced to pivot to virtual learning platforms to continue to serve youth. Providers were uncertain about what to expect and how to tailor their programs to meet the current challenges. We hosted the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Virtual...

DC Budget Must Take Into Account the Impact of COVID

With the District on the eve of our first budget vote during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important for us to step back and reflect on the disparate impacts the virus is having--not just on our health--but also on families’ economic security. As with most crises, without conscious action it’s likely that the families harmed the most will be the same...

PRESS RELEASE: The Council's Budget Proposal Must Go Further

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 6, 2020 #JustRecoveryDC Campaign: FY 2021 Budget Proposal Must Go Further DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s proposed FY 2021 budget released earlier today is a step in the right direction but still fails to fully meet the urgency of the current moment. At a time when tens of thousands of Washingtonians are rising up against racist...

DC Action for Children Statement on the Selection of Sara Mead, OSSE Assistant Superintendent of Early Learning

DC Action for Children Statement on the Selection of Sara Mead, OSSE Assistant Superintendent of Early Learning We congratulate Superintendent Hanseul Kang on completing the search for OSSE’s next Assistant Superintendent of Early Learning. We are pleased to welcome Sara Mead to DC’s early learning policy community. Ms. Mead brings extensive experience in education and early childhood policy and organizational...

ACTION ALERT: Tell Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to Save Child Care

ACTION ALERT: Tell Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to Save Child Care The DC Council is holding their first vote on the budget this Tuesday, and child care providers and educators are being left behind. This will have profound negative consequences for children and families across the District if we don’t act now. We learned that Mayor Bowser CUT...

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