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DC Action for Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan child and youth advocacy organization dedicated to using research, data, and 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, the primary source for data on conditions and outcomes for kids’ well-being. DC Action's collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


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Our advice for D.C. leaders for head start recompetition

This blog was co-authored by Bonnie O'Keefe and HyeSook Chung.When we think about our city’s future, we need to consider how we can do more to prepare all of our children to meet it. At DC Action for children, we believe we are ALL responsible for that. We must continue to improve our education system – at multiple levels –...

Becoming an effective child advocate outside of the ivory tower

Editor's Note: Shaunte Henry is a second year pediatric resident from Children's National Medical Center who is interning with us this month as a part of an advocacy rotation. Welcome, Dr. Henry!When I think about the reasons why I decided to become a physician, two things jump out at me. First, I am a huge science nerd. I have an...

A Mixed Picture for Children in D.C. (and Across the Nation)

Too many of our children – our next generation of citizens, workers, parents and leaders – are growing up in environments that limit their ability to reach their full potential, according to data from the national 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. D.C. followed many national trends, which showed that children continued to...

Combating depression – the need in D.C. for support and access

When you think about risky behavior that could lead young people to violence, you might think about drugs or alcohol or getting into fights. What about mental health? Results from Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) suggest that too many young people in D.C. may be in great danger of doing violence to themselves.Looking at these results alongside DC Action...

A look at DC Action’s past, present and a sneak peek into the future

It’s important in life and in work to always take time to reflect on your past. What better time than during the long, hot summer days? Gearing up for our 20th anniversary and a very exciting event this fall, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on DC Action’s history, what we’re working on now and give a sneak...

Playing our part in a community food pyramid

Healthy children are a cornerstone of thriving communities. Likewise, communities where children live have important effects on their well-being – both now and in the future. To grow up smart and strong, children need environments that include fresh and nutritious food. School meal programs and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) help ensure that all children are well-nourished and can grow...

It takes a village – and $300,000 – to raise a child

With Father’s Day and Mother’s Day fresh in our memories, it’s a good time to think about everything parents spend caring for their children. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a middle-income family with a child born in 2011 will spend nearly $235,000 to raise that child over the next 17 years. Factoring in...

The Messy Reality of Education Policy

Editor's Note: DC Action is pleased to welcome Bonnie O’Keefe, who will be joining us this summer as an Education Pioneers Fellow. In my professional and personal life, I’ve often had to explain why I care about education, and why I’m focusing my graduate studies on education policy. It’s a fair question, but I find it surprisingly tough to answer...

Kenyan McDuffie: How are children faring in your ward?

On behalf of DC Action for Children and this Ward 5 resident: Warm congratulations to Kenyan McDuffie, the new Ward 5 councilmember who is being sworn in today.Here at DC Action for Children, we hope Councilmember McDuffie will join us in being a strong advocate for children in Ward 5 and citywide. They need adult voices speaking up for their...

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