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We're shaping fair and equitable public policy for all of DC's children and youth to grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.

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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High 5 partners speak out against Mayor's proposed cuts

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Mayor Fenty issued a budget to close the $188 million gap for FY 2011. The plan calls for extensive cuts to programs serving vulnerable children and families. High 5 partners were in force at the Council's budget hearing on Tuesday, including DC Hunger Solutions, the Southeast Children's Fund, The Arc of DC, Wider Opportunities for...

Tell the DC Council to maintain funding for the Healthy Schools Act!

A last-minute opportunity to take action for DC's Kids! The DC Council is holding a hearing tomorrow morning on the Mayor's gap-closing budget, and more than $4.6 million in funding for the recently passed Healthy Schools Act is on the chopping block. The Healthy Schools Act was passed this summer to help ensure that children in DC Public Schools receive...

Littlest victims of the Great Recession

There's an important article in today's Washington Post about the terrible consequences of the nation's foreclosure crisis on children and youth, many of whom have become homeless along with their families. It's heartbreaking and something we as a nation have not examined closely enough. (As the writer points out, the focus has been around the impact on the housing market,...

Remembering the visionary architect of Head Start

A great man died last week. Jule Sugarman was 83. A half-century ago, he launched Head Start, a signature effort of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" that gave low-income preschoolers an extra boost as they started school through comprehensive early learning wrapped with social services. (Read the obituary in the New York Times .) The question of how to...

Give a High 5 for DC's Kids!

It was a long road to get here, but it was worth the wait. No, I'm not talking about the election -- I'm talking about the launch of DC Action's first social media advocacy campaign, High 5 for DC's Kids! Are you excited? I can't hear you! I said are you excited? Because we certainly are. We have already signed...

Vote for DC's Youngest Citizens!

Hopefully many of you have already voted. Across the country, this is expected to be a historic Election Day and many issues affecting children are at stake. But our youngest citizens of course cannot vote, and sadly their voices are drowned out amid partisan bickering. Across the country today: 1-in-3 children are overweight or obese, nearly 1-in-4 live at risk...

Nothing fair about this budget season

DC Action recently renewed our membership to the Fair Budget Coalition , a group of nonprofits that fight for the preservation and strengthening of social safety net programs to ensure that struggling families have access to basic needs. In my opinion, there couldn't be a more important cause to unite those who care about others in our city -- especially...

What does it mean to support early care and education teachers?

On Wednesday, HyeSook and I had the pleasure of attending a launch event for T.E.A.C.H. , a national scholarship model for early care and education teachers that's coming to Washington, and will be administered by the National Black Child Development Institute. The room was packed with directors and owners of early care and education centers, teachers, and advocates as well...

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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!