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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.


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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...

DC Paid Family Leave Is Here!

DC'S $15 MINIMUM WAGE AND PAID FAMILY LEAVE BENEFIT BEGINS TODAY SUPPORTING THE WELL-BEING OF OUR CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND WORKFORCE Today, July 1, 2020, marks a major milestone for parents and workers in the District of Columbia! DC is now the first ‘state’ and the fifth city in the country to pay workers a $15 per hour minimum wage. And...

Take Action for a Racially Just Budget

Last night, we co-hosted a a virtual town hall with the Fair Budget Coalition and The Black Swan Academy to unpack the history of racial discrimination and it’s negative affects on Black and brown communities in DC, and explored what a vision for a racially just budget would look like for children and youth and their families. We were joined...

2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

Child Poverty, the District's Other Pandemic Previous efforts to lift Black and brown families out of poverty aren’t enough. DC must confront systemic racism and break down structural barriers in order to end concentrated child poverty. Washington, DC — Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia are poised to pass a $16.7...

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