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We're shaping fair and equitable public policy for all of DC's children and youth to grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.

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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Legislation Introduced: Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017

DC Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau recently introduced the Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Establishment Act of 2017 , a bill that would evaluate and potentially implement an innovative funding mechanism for home visiting, institute home visiting capacity grants to support providers of home visiting services, and require Help Me Grow DC to facilitate referral and intake into home visiting...

Celebrating Fatherhood: Why a DC Home Visiting Program Focuses on Fathers

This past weekend, many of us celebrated Father’s Day, and though the relationships children have with their fathers are all very different, research over the years has shown that this relationship really matters . Children with positive father-child interactions are more likely to regularly attend school, not repeat a grade and achieve a diploma/GED [1] . Additionally, this relationship reduces...

National Foster Care Month: Spotlight on Family Supports

April was Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month, and with May in full swing, we are now recognizing National Foster Care Month . It’s a time for us to collectively focus our attention and efforts on the year-round needs of DC children in foster care, and to celebrate the critical loving and supportive role that foster parents play in their...

DC Works Hard to Support Young Children and their Families

During the month of April, DC Action for Children joined District agencies and other partner organizations in celebrating the “Month of the Young Child.” The “Month of the Young Child” not only emphasizes the importance of early care and education for the well-being of children, but also highlights the important role that educators and families play in the lives of...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018, Child and Family Services Agency

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing Fiscal Year 2018 Child and Family Services Agency Before the Committee on Human Services Council of the District of Columbia April 27, 2017 Chairwoman Nadeau and members of the Committee on Human Services, please accept my written testimony as the Council of the District of Columbia...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Testimony of Erica Dean, Research and Data Manager DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2018 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia April 26, 2017 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. My name is Erica Dean, and I am the Research...

Highlighting the Month of the Young Child at the Ward-level

As data lovers, we at DC Action look forward to the annual release of our KIDS COUNT Ward Snapshots -- and this year we’re even more excited because this report coincides with Month of the Young Child. Spending the month of April to focus on the well-being of DC’s youngest citizens is key, because one of the most important changes...

The Mayor’s Proposed FY18 Budget: What does Inclusive Prosperity mean in the District?

Mayor Bowser’s Proposed FY18 Budget was released last week, and the team at DC Action for Children spent that last few days reviewing and compiling questions. Still inspired by the Mayor’s State of the District rhetoric on March 30 th , we read through the Budget with her vision of DC becoming a city of “inclusive prosperity” in mind. There...

Can we count you in?

Last Thursday, the DC Action team attended Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 2017 State of the District Address at the University of the District of Columbia. Like many “State of” addresses, it was both reflective and forward thinking. Purposefully, she grounded her message with a focus on “#DCValues” — the shared beliefs that set the foundation of our local culture. These include...

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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!