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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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Wednesday morning coffee break: school integration, Chinese parenting

Good morning! I'm sure many children (and parents) across the Washington region are disappointed not to have gotten the snow day they feel they so rightly deserved. Small consolation: Here is some interesting reading that hopefully will provide some food for thought on how we raise all our children to be successful. First, the Washington Post has a front-page story...

Two things you can do today

Congratulations, you made it to Friday! Here are two quick things you can do today (you know you have time -- if not today, then over the weekend): Help ensure that Congress doesn't repeal health care reform. The House is set to vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act next Wednesday, Jan. 12. Sign this petition by Voices...

New year, same resolution…

Editor's Note: Welcome to the newest member of the DC Action team, Sumeira Kashim! As the new year begins and I get settled into my new role as senior policy analyst at DC Action for Children, my resolution remains the same: I hope to contribute to the improvement of the lives of children, youth and families living in the District....

Reflections on the year

2010 was a long and difficult year for many struggling families with young children in the District and across the country. The recession may have officially ended more than a year ago, but there were few signs of relief -- from the bleak housing market to stagnant employment and state and local governments forced to make difficult cuts to balance...

Making the case for subsidized child care

Petula Dvorak wrote an excellent column in today's Washington Post that makes a compelling case for why the city must continue to invest in subsidized child care for low-income families, particularly young, single mothers. Without child care, the women she profiles would not be able to work and support their children. And as Dvorak points out, even women with higher...

A thin silver lining in D.C. budget

There was no one celebrating Tuesday when the D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to a budget to fill the city's $188 million gap. Funding for critical safety-net programs was slashed, including basic income assistance to thousands of families with children. We had to look hard to find it, but there was a silver lining. Thanks to your calls and emails...

For millions of children, a free and healthy lunch

Last week, while we were focused on D.C.'s gap closing budget, the House delivered a tremendous victory for the nation's most vulnerable children by passing the long-awaited Child Nutrition Bill. Passed by the Senate this summer, the bill prevailed in the House with bipartisan support and now goes to the White House for President Obama's signature. (Read the P ost...

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