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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.


What's New?


DC Action for Children Becomes a Member of the Partnership for America’s Children

DC Action for Children joins the membership of the Partnership for America’s Children, a national network of state and local child advocacy organizations working to improve policies affecting children and youth at the local, state, and national level. The Partnership for America’s Children works to ensure that child policy organizations have the tools and resources they need to succeed. While...

DC Action for Children Announces New Executive Director

DC Action for Children Announces New Executive Director The Board of Directors of DC Action for Children are pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Perry as the new Executive Director. Ms. Perry was brought on as Interim Executive Director in June and immediately took steps to grow and expand DC Action for Children. She has already set a vision...

Bainum Family Foundation Commends DC Council, Mayor for New Early Childhood Investments

by: Barbara Bainum Last year, Washington, D.C.’s Mayor and Council enacted ground-breaking legislation that sets the city on a path to creating a strong and equitable foundation for its youngest residents. The Birth-to-Three For All DC Act of 2018 is a blueprint for comprehensive education and health services for infants and toddlers that seeks to end the stark inequities in...

New KIDS COUNT Report Shows Child Poverty in DC Remains Unchanged since 1990

After D.C. Passes Historic $15 Billion Budget, New Report Shows Child Poverty Remains Unchanged since 1990 The District has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, with more than one quarter of children living in families struggling to make ends meet Washington, D.C. — After months of debate over Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal, the Council of the...

Significant Birth to Three Funding Passes in the DC Council

The Council of the District of Columbia passed a nearly $16 million investment as a partial yet key down payment on the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act of 2018. The Council’s commitment will fund measures to ensure healthier birth outcomes and supports for the District’s youngest residents to grow and thrive. Collective advocacy to hold the Council accountable to the...

Council Testimony: Qualified High Technology Company Program

Testimony of Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs DC Action for Children Before the Committee on Finance and Revenue Council of the District of Columbia May 21, 2019 Thank you Chairperson Evans and members of the Committee on Finance and Revenue for the opportunity to address the Council. My name is Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar, and I am the...

Council Testimony: Leverage for Our Future Act of 2019

Testimony of Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs DC Action for Children Health Public Hearing “Leverage for Our Future Act of 2019” Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia April 23, 2019 Good morning, Chairperson Gray, Councilmember Nadeau and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the opportunity to address the...

Council Testimony: DC Health, Budget Oversight Hearing, FY 2020

Testimony of Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs DC Action for Children Agency Budget Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2020 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia April 9, 2019 Good afternoon, Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...

Council Testimony: OSSE, Budget Oversight Hearing, FY 2020

Testimony of Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs DC Action for Children Agency Budget Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2020 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia April 9, 2019 Good morning, Chairman Mendelson, Councilmember Grosso and members of the committees...

New Report: Keeping Kids in Families

D.C. Making Strides in Keeping Children in Foster Care Connected to Families New 10-year Data Snapshot with State-by-State Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Shows Significant Progress in D.C. as National Rates Improve Washington, D.C. — Children in the District of Columbia’s foster care system are increasingly likely to live in families according to the “Keeping Kids in Families...

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