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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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Pediatric residents: The untapped resource for advocacy

Editor's Note: This month, DC Action is pleased to welcome two pediatric residents from Children's National Medical Center for an advocacy rotation as part of their training. This blog is by Priya Narayanan. With medicine becoming more specialized, residents are among the few medical practitioners who still see patients in a variety of settings. We see patients who are admitted...

Chairman Brown, Deputy Mayor stress importance of economic development for children

We had an amazing D.C. KIDS COUNT event yesterday at the PNC headquarters, a stone's throw from the White House. Leaders from the business community, funders, advocates, community-based providers and others gathered to discuss what the Census tells us about our changing city and where we must go to ensure that every child has a bright and successful future. We...

OSSE’s budget robs the cradle

Last week, the D.C. Council held a hearing on the budget for the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. This was after the agency held a public briefing session for advocates and providers on to answer questions about its budget. Unfortunately, very few of our questions were answered in either of these public forums. (Read our testimony.)OSSE’s budget is...

Fight for Children awards recognize data-driven D.C. schools

Last week my coworker Aparna and I had the privilege of attending Fight for Children’s Champion of Quality awards luncheon. Fight for Children awards grants to a high school, a middle school and an elementary school each year in DC that displays high levels of quality and programs that improve student achievement. Rather than spur competition, the organization's overall goal...

Duncan warns we can't afford to cut early education

Every year, about this time, a season rolls around that inevitably stirs up some controversy. No, it isn’t spring: its budget season. With deep cuts being proposed left and right, one can’t help but to wince when they hear the most important aspect of our children’s future is on the line yet again: education. So, with such a big emphasis...

The Yin and the Yang of preschool

There has been a lot of talk in the past week in light of a recent Slate article by Alison Gopnik titled “Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School.” (Read the article here.)Gopnik's main point is that preschool, aka “direct instruction” (I cringe when I hear this word because no preschool has an 8-hour day consisting of sitting at a table...

Research suggests cuts to TANF may hurt children for a lifetime

Young children are reflections of their surroundings. What we expose them to and their overall experiences help shape the person they are and will become. All parents hope that they are able to provide their child with a healthy and positive childhood, but what about the families with young children who are facing poverty? We have known for quite a...

WAMU's in-depth look at quality in infant and toddler care

If you were listening to Morning Edition during your drive to work today, you may have heard a familiar voice touting the importance of quality and access in early care and education in the District. That would be DC Action Executive Director HyeSook Chung.HyeSook sat down with WAMU reporter Jessica Gould to explain the challenges in improving infant and toddler...

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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!