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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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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...

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...

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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!