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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.


What's New?


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 moment...

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. The recession...

Study shows it's good to be a chatterbox

We all talk about quality when it comes to serving our children -- quality education, quality health care, the list goes on -- but when it comes to language development, could it really be more about the quantity rather than the quality of the words you speak?Maybe. A seminal study conducted in Kansas published in 1995 and featured recently on...

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 today...

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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!