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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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Seven billion people in the world- what's happening in the District?

According to United Nations predictions, the human population will reach 7 billion people on October 31, 2011 – most likely thanks to a baby born in China or India.But what are the birth trends in the District of Columbia?The total number of births in DC has been steadily increasing since 2002. In 2008, the number of births totaled 9,134, an...

However poverty is measured, it’s still up

Data from a supplemental poverty measure released yesterday by the Census Bureau suggest that 3.2 million fewer children were living in poverty in 2010 than under the official federal poverty line. The supplemental measure counts a family’s gross income, government benefits and work expenses, while the traditional measure, which has been used to define poverty for about 50 years, only...

Head Start: a proven model that works

A few weeks ago top leaders in early education gathered at Washington Post Live to continue the conversation on the very critical issue of investing in early education (click here to see pictures and video from the day: Investing in the Future through Early Childhood Education.As someone who’s been in the early education field as long as I have I...

I Didn't Sign Up for War

DC Action is pleased to welcome Gwen Rubinstein, our new Deputy Director!War is violent. War is bloody. War is deadly.So why do so many well-meaning people continue to talk about fighting a war on poverty? A recent piece by the Center for American Progress even suggested fighting the “war on poverty” with early childhood education, a topic near to our...

A campaign worth noticing

How can we reduce poverty, school failure, child abuse and neglect, crime, violence and increase workforce preparation, all while saving the city money? Preventing teen pregnancy has an effect on all of these areas, and the D.C. City Council is taking notice. In a joint press conference with our partner, the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, several councilmembers spoke...

We can all learn - and we can all teach

Tomorrow will mark my fourth week participating in the Anacostia Public Service Program (APSP) at Anacostia Senior High School in Southeast DC. The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University has partnered with the high school for more than twenty years to build tutoring and mentoring relationships and to promote community engagement. While a...

Reflections of Our Luncheon

Exactly two years ago, I joined DC Action for Children leaders in our community to make a difference in the lives our children. DC Action has a rich history of serving as a voice for children and youth who, otherwise, would likely have no voice. I learned so much more during our October luncheon benefit, but most importantly: how in...

A look into public charter school success: Achievement Prep

“What’s the secret sauce?” asked one member of the group after we toured Achievement Preparatory Academy. At Achievement Prep, a public charter school serving 200 students in Ward 8, test scores are among the best in the city although the students are among the most disadvantaged. They are closing the achievement gap, turning the students who come to them 2-4...

A Renewed Focus on Youth

The goal: 90% of youth will earn a post-secondary degree and have a full-time job by age 24. This seems like a natural expectation, and I think most people would say that we can do even better, because our city’s young people deserve that opportunity. But it’s far from the current situation in D.C., where it’s an uphill battle for...

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