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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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What's on your child's plate?

Well, it's nearly lunch time -- actually, just 11 am -- and I don't know about you, but my stomach is starting to growl and my brain is starting to think about all things food-related.Today I've been thinking about the new USDA food pyramid, or should I say, food plate. Though I'm not a parent myself, I have been a...

Can you put a price on the health of a child?

Sixty-five percent of children in D.C. received health coverage under Medicaid in 2010. Now their health and safety is at risk as Congress and the White House take aim at this bedrock safety net program.Our nation's debt burden is heavy. But our conscience will be heavier if we allow politicians to wring millions of dollars out of Medicaid, the program...

Reflections on Memphis

This past week for me has been an incredible journey in exploring equity and justice. I just returned from Memphis, where I took part and helped lead the Voices for America’s Children national forum. With so much work to do back home in D.C., the truth is I wasn't ready or willing or even excited about going to Memphis. But...

How I got drawn into education reform

Editor's Note: We're thrilled to welcome Mary Laval DuPre as our Education Pioneer intern this summer. This is Mary's first blog for us.My senior year of college I took a class called Education in American Society. It was an education course for non-education majors. The course book describes it as an “examination of the beliefs and attitudes associated with the...

Coverage doesn't equal access for children

Nearly half of children in DC are covered by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance to children from low-income families who do not qualify for Medicaid. This is a good thing, because it means that low-income children have health insurance. But unfortunately, being covered by Medicaid doesn't mean that children have access to treatment when...

Helping early childhood teachers climb the ladder

Editor's Note: One of our goals with "Little Citizens, Big Issues" is to showcase diverse voices and viewpoints from the community on issues affecting young children in the District. This post is by Lauren Hogan, director of public policy at the National Black Child Development Institute (NBDCI). In September, we had the pleasure of announcing that T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood was...

How many D.C. children stand to lose health care?

Nearly half of all children under 18 in the District receive Medicaid – either directly or through CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). It is a critical piece of the health care puzzle in our city, which actually has one of the highest coverage rates in the nation. But Republicans in Congress are pushing a new plan for Medicaid that would...

More research cites lasting benefits of preschool

A new study about the benefits of preschool for low-income children is making headlines today -- but it's old news to us. A pile of research going back more than a decade have shown that public investments in early care and education, including but not exclusively preschool, give children a lifelong boost and bring long-term cost savings to society.This new...

Why we need the youth mental health bill

Editor's Note: Rasheeda Bean is interning with DC Action this summer. She intends to testify at the DC Council's youth hearing this Saturday on the importance of behavioral and mental health screenings and treatment for youth. For more information on the hearing, which starts at 10 am at the Wilson Building, please visit http://www.dccouncil.us/youthhearings.Growing up in the Ward 8 community...

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Despite a booming economy, the District has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, with more than one quarter of children and youth living in families struggling to make ends meet. Let's work together to break down structural barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.  Join Us!