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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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The forgotten ingredient

Last week the New America Foundation hosted a discussion of how to overcome challenges in child care and improve quality in early child care settings. Conversations such as these continue to excite me as my passion lies in improving quality child care for ALL children. Listening to three very different perspectives on our current state of child care drew me...

Learning expeditions at Two Rivers Public Charter School

What does a successful school look like? We can all agree on some qualities that good schools need, as well as various models of success. At DC Action for Children, we think of schools as parts of neighborhoods. Like the communities that surround them, each one has unique assets, needs and visions for success. Paying attention to these aspects can...

Reflections for Mother’s Day

I am the lucky mother of two amazing kids. Yesterday reminded me of how lucky I truly am. Motherhood brings so much joy to my life, but it is also the hardest and most humbling job I have ever had. At times, the responsibility of creating tender, sweet and conscientious members of society is daunting. As someone who was educated...

In Praise of Teachers

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. All week, there are small and big celebrations throughout our schools to celebrate all the wonderful things our teachers are doing in the classroom.I think the most challenging job is that of being a teacher – for any grade! I personally would never teach in the middle school grades – the developing personalities, the...

Building the mental health system our city’s children so desperately need – and deserve

Today, we welcome Shannon Hall, the executive director of the D.C. Behavioral Health Association, for a guest post about our newly released data snapshot, Children’s Mental Health in D.C.: The Mismatch Between Need and Treatment.An advisory committee for the D.C. Medicaid program recently completed a forthcoming analysis of children’s access to mental health services. It found that nearly 9 out...

A local solution to a national concern

Last week, I attended an early learning forum at the Boeing Company, a company that “gets it” when it comes to the importance of quality early learning experiences. With an impressive list of speakers, I was most surprised by the unique perspective of Boeing’s Vice President of Combat Air Force Systems, Jack Catton. I’ll admit that prior to hearing Jack...

Data for the Greater Good

As many of you may already know, we were funded to be the new KIDS COUNT grantee here in the District, and we don’t take this responsibility lightly! In 1990, The Annie E. Casey Foundation created the KIDS COUNT initiative to fund organizations like ours to gather and promote the use of data as a critical tool for long-term systemic...

Raising DC, from cradle to career

Last week, Mayor Gray announced the launch of Raise DC, an initiative that brings together policymakers and community leaders across sectors for a common goal — career readiness by age 24. DC Action for Children is proud to have been part of the collaboration that constructed the Raise DC roadmap, during a two-day Design Institute with more than 100 other...

New infant mortality data: Positive trend, but large disparities by place

Infant mortality, a metric widely used to compare the health and well-being of different populations, has declined slightly in D.C. (and across the nation) over the past decade. New data from the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) measured infant mortality at 9.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009 (the national rate was 6.4). A decrease in infant mortality...

On Bully Free DC anniversary, signs of progress

Tomorrow will be the first anniversary of Mayor Vincent Gray’s Bully Free DC Day, an effort to highlight and combat bullying in the District. The anniversary is timely, as both DC Public Schools and Mayor Gray released anti-bullying plans in the past month.Here at DC Action, we believe every child should have all the resources needed to reach their full...

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