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With the support of individuals and private foundations, DC Action for Children uses research, data, and a lens toward race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


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We need to get on the same page about third grade reading

DC Action just delivered a letter to Mayor Gray urging him to sign on to the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The push is to get all children across the country and in the District reading proficiently by the third grade. Why? Because research shows that if children are not proficient by the end...

The good and the bad news on the federal budget

I'll start with the good news.... Yesterday, President Obama released his budget proposal for 2012, keeping his promise to freeze non-security-related domestic spending for the next five years. The good news is the downsized budget still manages to include more funding for vulnerable children and families, including necessary investments in early education, including $350 million for the Early Learning Challenge...

Finally a one-stop shop for finding child care in D.C.!

When I was three months pregnant I started my search. At the time I wanted the best quality care for my unborn child anticipating that I would go back to work full-time. I was looking for accredited centers with bright and beautiful space, but most importantly caring and patient teachers. I only wanted the very best for my child. I...

Reading the Census tea leaves

The Census 2010 numbers have been coming out over the past few weeks, unleashing the usual torrent of stories looking back on how our country has changed over the last decade. The Census tracts for the District are not expected to come out until late this month or early March, but we can already make some basic predictions with confidence....

BB Otero named Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

This morning, Mayor Gray announced the appointment of Beatriz 'BB' Otero as the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. BB's appointment may be a boon to the early care and education field. She is the founder and president of CentroNia, which began as a small child care center housed in a church in Columbia Heights and now has grown...

The inevitable preschool potty lesson

In the summer of 2009, I was offered a job helping the City of Tempe, Ariz., open a brand-new preschool. Having just graduated with my degree in child development from Arizona State University, I was given the position of lead teacher of the three-year-old classroom. I was ecstatic and I wanted to be prepared. I spent the summer dedicated to...

DCPS out-of-boundary Pre-K lottery is now open!

If you have a preschool aged-child and live in the District, note that the lottery period for DCPS Pre-K (3- and 4-year-olds) is now open. It's time to shop around and find a school that works best for you and your child. Here's more information on the lottery process: http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/ (Looks like there may be some technical problems at the...

What my little sister taught me

Editor's Note: DC Action is pleased to welcome Tulli Dobler, our operations intern. In a few short weeks, she has already gotten our office in ship shape. Here's her first blog post. As the newest member of the DC Action for Children team, and as a first-time blogger, I wanted to write something that would truly reflect who I am...

Getting Breakfast to More Low-Income Children in D.C.

Editors Note : Alexandra Ashbrook is executive director of DC Hunger Solutions, a partner in our High 5 for DC's Kids Campaign. Learn more about the campaign here . A new report from the Food Research and Action Center finds that the number of low-income children in D.C. eating school meals (breakfast and lunch) increased in the 2009-2010 school year....

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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!