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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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DC Action's Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Maternal Mortality Review Committee Establishment Act of 2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Public Hearing on B22-0522 The Maternal Mortality Review Committee Establishment Act of 2017 Before the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Council of the District of Columbia December 7, 2017 DC Action for Children is pleased to provide written testimony in support of proposed legislation, B22-0522 The Maternal...

DC's Income Inequality Negatively Affects Children

A few days ago, the Census Bureau released it latest five-year block of data (2012 – 2016) – and with this update, we’re able to see how the profile of District residents is changing. In reviewing the demographic indicators aligning with DC Action’s research and policy interests, I kept returning to ones centered around income distribution, median household income and...

Fall Letter from the Executive Director

​ Letter from the Executive Director Dear Friend, I always look forward to this time of year for the opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the experiences, challenges and accomplishments that shape our perspective and our path forward. We have much to be grateful for, including you and your commitment to DC's children. This year, we also celebrated an...

2017 Race for Results Follow-Up: We shouldn’t depend on data for the whole story

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released their 2017 Race for Results report , highlighting persistent disparities for children in immigrant families across the country. As a KIDS COUNT grantee, we jointly supported its release by composing our own press release comparing District-level trends and realities to those felt collectively by children of color and children in immigrant families across...

The case for funding home visiting locally

It’s that time again: budget development season is here and funding is on everyone’s mind. Advocates are scrambling to finalize Fiscal Year 2019 budget asks, while DC agencies have put their pencils down on their own budget requests. In the backdrop of this shuffle, funding is at risk for important federal programs supporting young children and their families. One such...

DC’s youngest children will be affected by proposed EPA budget cuts

Exposure to lead can be life-threatening for young children. Because their lungs, immune and nervous systems are not fully developed, children under 5 are more sensitive to chemicals and are unable to combat any extensive exposure to these toxins. [1] Contact with unsafe chemicals also dramatically increases a child’s risk of pneumonia, asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases. [2] Last...

Amid Mounting National Tensions, D.C. Children in Immigrant Families Fare Better Than Their Peers in Other States

​ Amid Mounting National Tensions, D.C. Children in Immigrant Families Fare Better Than Their Peers in Other States 2017 Race for Results report highlights the importance of policies that level the playing field for all children WASHINGTON, D.C. — The District of Columbia’s vitality and prosperity depend on the success of all children. In a new report by the Annie...

DC Action's Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017 and the Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act of 2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Public Hearing on “B22-0203, Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017” And “B22-355, Bolstering Early Growth Investment Amendment Act of 2017” Before the Committee on Education, the Committee on Finance and Revenue, and the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia September 27, 2017 Good...

DC Action's Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017

​ Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Committee on Health Hearing on B22-350 – Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017 Before the Committee on Health and Human Services Council of the District of Columbia September 18, 2017 Good morning, Chairperson Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the...

PARCC scores reveal widening achievement gap in third grade reading proficiency

For the third year in a row, DC students in almost every grade and sub-group made gains in math and reading scores on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) Specifically, the percentage of students meeting the 4+ “at or above proficiency” benchmark increased by 4 points in English Language Arts (ELA) to 31% and 2...

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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!