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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.


What's New?


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...

Calendar Spotlight: On your marks, get set, GO!

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- from autism to Down's Syndrome -- often struggle in what may seem like an unfriendly world that is full of obstacles. But this Saturday, crowds will be cheering them on at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge on the National Mall. Come out and show support for the nearly 800 participants this Saturday, Oct....

DC Public Schools fighting hunger in the classroom

Bill Turque has a great story in the Washington Post today about DC Public Schools' expanded efforts to fight childhood hunger and obesity, as new poverty numbers indicate that three in ten children in the District are living in poverty. Under the new program, nearly a quarter of all students in DC Public Schools -- an estimated 10,000 students --...

Have we reached universal Pre-K in the District?

At his town hall meetings across the city, D.C. Council Chairman and presumed-Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray has been touting a key achievement in early childhood education. According to Gray, D.C. has reached the milestone of universal public Pre-K four years ahead of schedule. The District's Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Act of 2008 called for the city to ensure that there were...

Study backs benefits of economic integration in schools

A new study released today presents evidence from Montgomery County that low-income children perform better when then attend schools in affluent neighborhoods. That may be obvious at first read, but the conventional wisdom in education reform over the past few decades has been to pump more funding, better teachers and more resources into schools in low-income areas to level the...

What's best for our children?

Last night I attended Chairman Gray's town hall meeting in Ward 7. The church sanctuary was packed to the rafters. It was hot and stuffy, but the excitement was palpable. Constituents waving fans flowed into the choir stands behind the pulpit where Gray stood. He joked that he was "preaching to the choir." Indeed he was -- Gray lives in...

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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!