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DC Action for Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan child and youth advocacy organization dedicated to using data, public policy, and partnerships with 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, Under 3 DC, DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, and the DC Home Visiting Council.

Our collaborative advocacy campaigns and initiatives empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


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DC and youth: we talk the talk, but can we walk the walk?

Back in March I attended a briefing at Brookings on strengthening educational and career pathways for youth in DC (read our Policy Analyst Kate Kairys’s blog on it here). I remember being stunned by the data on low high school graduation rates and high unemployment. Today I was reminded of what is turning into a crisis here in the District.Martha...

Thanksgiving 2011- what are you thankful for this year?

As we move into this hectic holiday season, children, youth and their families across the District are reflecting upon what they have to be thankful for: health, happiness and opportunities. In the spirit of gratitude, we would like to take a moment to thank our fellow advocates, educators, community leaders and parents for their unwavering commitment to the District's children...

On the defense for play

In a blog posted this week by Valerie Strauss, author Alfie Kohn offers five intriguing propositions on play and how it has evolved to the present day, arguing that the need for pure play isn’t being met due to the rigor of the new “corporate-style school reform.” Kohn, in a thoughtful yet somewhat provoking way, states that the point of...

Seven billion people in the world- what's happening in the District?

According to United Nations predictions, the human population will reach 7 billion people on October 31, 2011 – most likely thanks to a baby born in China or India.But what are the birth trends in the District of Columbia?The total number of births in DC has been steadily increasing since 2002. In 2008, the number of births totaled 9,134, an...

However poverty is measured, it’s still up

Data from a supplemental poverty measure released yesterday by the Census Bureau suggest that 3.2 million fewer children were living in poverty in 2010 than under the official federal poverty line. The supplemental measure counts a family’s gross income, government benefits and work expenses, while the traditional measure, which has been used to define poverty for about 50 years, only...

Head Start: a proven model that works

A few weeks ago top leaders in early education gathered at Washington Post Live to continue the conversation on the very critical issue of investing in early education (click here to see pictures and video from the day: Investing in the Future through Early Childhood Education.As someone who’s been in the early education field as long as I have I...

I Didn't Sign Up for War

DC Action is pleased to welcome Gwen Rubinstein, our new Deputy Director!War is violent. War is bloody. War is deadly.So why do so many well-meaning people continue to talk about fighting a war on poverty? A recent piece by the Center for American Progress even suggested fighting the “war on poverty” with early childhood education, a topic near to our...

A campaign worth noticing

How can we reduce poverty, school failure, child abuse and neglect, crime, violence and increase workforce preparation, all while saving the city money? Preventing teen pregnancy has an effect on all of these areas, and the D.C. City Council is taking notice. In a joint press conference with our partner, the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, several councilmembers spoke...

We can all learn - and we can all teach

Tomorrow will mark my fourth week participating in the Anacostia Public Service Program (APSP) at Anacostia Senior High School in Southeast DC. The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University has partnered with the high school for more than twenty years to build tutoring and mentoring relationships and to promote community engagement. While a...

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