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DC Action for Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan child and youth advocacy organization dedicated to using data, public policy, and partnerships with 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, Under 3 DC, DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, and the DC Home Visiting Council.

Our collaborative advocacy campaigns and initiatives empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


What's New?


The Pandemic Budget Wrap-Up

We can all agree that this year's budget season was like no other. To remind you, Mayor Bowser presented her budget on May 18th and the DC Council began their public hearings later that week to respond, assess, weigh in, seek public input, debate, modify and finalize the city’s moral document that will guide spending for the next year, during...

Read, Watch, Listen

Everyone needs fuel to keep fighting for change. DC Action for Children staff will be sharing books, movies, podcasts, and other media that inspire, energize, and motivate us to do the work. This week’s recommendations: Read: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis includes essays, interviews and speeches that explore the relationship of oppression and resistance all over...

Ready to Start School?

This week, we are ALL beginning a challenging start to the first week of school–students, parents, teachers, administrators, and advocates! As advocates, we get a broad and diverse view of how communities are attempting to handle virtual learning– and it’s all over the map! Some parents are altering their work schedule to assist their children with their studies. Many parents...

Virtual Town Hall Wrap-Up

On August 26th, we hosted a Virtual Town Hall to discuss the District's coordination of care across the age continuum in the midst of a virtual learning environment. More than 100 attendees participated, making it clear this is of critical importance for families and the programs that serve them. We heard remarks from parents Andrea Tucker, Maxine Robinson, Darnise Diop...

Event: Virtual Town Hall, Wednesday, August 26 at 6 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically changing how DC out-of-school time and early child care programs will operate during the new school year. Join us tomorrow evening, Wednesday, August 26 at 6 pm on Zoom as families and District officials discuss how out-of-school time and early childcare programs play a critical role in ensuring that children are safe, supported, and provided...

PRESS RELEASE: Youth Ambassadors Conduct Census Outreach 

Contact Tawana Jacobs 301-325-8687 tjacobs@dckids.org Youth Ambassadors To Conduct Census Outreach in the District This Month DC Action for Children, Black Swan Academy and Mikva Challenge DC will join forces to reach some of the city’s hard to reach residents Washington, DC (August 6)—DC Action for Children is partnering with Black Swan Academy and Mikva Challenge DC during August to...

YOUR VOICE MADE A DIFFERENCE!

DC Council Invests $5 Million Toward Child Care Stabilization In recent weeks and months, early educators and parents raised the alarm about the need to stabilize the child care industry to help pave the way for a healthy recovery for children, families and educators. In response to our - YOUR - growing pressure, the DC Council approved $5 million in...

ACTION ALERT: Tell the DC Council, “No Cuts to Vital Programs!"

Without any public debate, the DC Council is rushing a last-minute deal to cut $18 million in funding for programs and services that help those hit hardest by COVID-19. Further diminishing vital programs during a pandemic and doing so behind closed doors - at a time when there are serious unmet needs is reckless and immoral. The DC Council is...

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...

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