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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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Testimony to DC Council on Need for a Just Recovery for DC

Testimony to the DC Council on the Need for a Just Recovery for DC by Kimberly Perry, Executive Director, DC Action for Children At this moment in history when we are facing both a global health crisis and a national reckoning with systemic racism in our country, the District is on the verge of passing a historic budget that will...

PRESS RELEASE: DC in the State of Babies Yearbook

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAS WORK TO DO TO ACHIEVE EQUITY FOR ITS BLACK BABIES COVID-19 pandemic and racial protests have exposed and exacerbated disparities among young children Contacts: Kimberly Perry, DC Action for Children, 202-487-0522 Max Samis, ZERO TO THREE, 202-857-2658 WASHINGTON, DC – A new report, the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020, released today by early childhood development...

Youth. Power. Pride.

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH! It's Pride Month, here in the Nation's Capital, and around the country and world. Pride is a time for us all to stop and reflect on the impact LGBTQIA+ people have had on the world. It is also a time to promote the affirmation, dignity, equality, and visibility of our LGBTQIA+ kids, families, residents and communities...

Testimony to DC Council on WIC

Testimony to DC Council on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children by Ronald Jarrett, Coalition Director, Under 3 DC Racism defines almost every aspect of society. We have seen how generations of inequality have resulted in a nation struggling to maintain a civil society today. The time has come to let go of outmoded paradigms, protocols...

Testimony to DC Council on Public Health Insurance

Testimony to DC Council on Public Health Insurance by Rachel Metz, Research and Data Manager, DC Action for Children Because of the impact of historic and current racism, poverty is racialized in DC. According to the most recent Census estimates, the average income for DC’s white households is almost four times that of Black households and three times that of...

Testimony to DC Council on Home Visiting Programs

Testimony to the DC Council on Home Visiting Programs by Nisa Hussain, Early Childhood Program Associate DC Action supports maintaining level funding in the FY 2021 budget for DC Health and the Department of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) critical early childhood health, mental health, and home visiting programs at this important time in the District’s history. While the country navigates the...

What a Week! June 5th Wrap Up.

DC Action for Children Newsletter June 5, 2020 Read “Silence is Complicity,” Executive Director Kimberly Perry’s statement on the current state of our nation in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, and the urgent need for anti-racist action to demonstrate that Black lives do matter. Read Under 3 DC Coalition Director Ronald Jarrett’s testimony to the DC Council on the...

Testimony to DC Council on Out of School Time Programming

Testimony to DC Council on Out of School Time Programming | Matthew Hanson, Chief of Staff, DC Action for Children Out of school time programs play a vital role in social and emotional functioning of children and youth. Now, more than ever, this matters. The isolation, exposure to adverse childhood experiences, and loss of opportunity our young people are facing...

Testimony to DC Council on Child Care Subsidies

Testimony to DC Council on Child Care Subsidies | Ronald Jarrett, Coalition Director, Under 3 DC Racism defines almost every aspect of society. We have seen how generations of inequality have resulted in a nation struggling to maintain a civil society today. The time has come to let go of outmoded paradigms, protocols, and biases in all of our social...

Silence is Complicity

When watching the video of George Floyd’s murder, I heard him call for his mother. My heart sank and broke into pieces. And, then the rage ensued, again. Four-hundred-years-of-injustice kind of rage. Since the more prominent murder of 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till by brutal, public lynching in 1955, thousands of Black boys and men, and Black girls and women have...

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