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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?


What does "quality" preschool mean in D.C.?

One of our goals with "Little Citizens, Big Issues" is to showcase diverse voices and viewpoints from the community on issues affecting young children in the District. This post is by Jack McCarthy, managing director of AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation. In Washington, D.C., two of every three babies are born to single mothers who live in poverty. That’s more...

What does effective teaching look like in preschool?

There's a lot of talk--and policy--these days directed at fostering "effective teaching" to boost student achievement. You would think there was a common definition of effective teaching, or an agreed upon way to determine which qualities and approaches make teachers effective, but so far it has proven elusive. Even how to measure effective teaching is a subject of great debate....

President Obama launches fatherhood initiative at THEARC in Southeast

Happy belated Father's Day to all the dads out there. President Obama will be heading over to the THEARC arts and recreation center in Southeast today to announce the creation of his Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, an effort that will be central to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The administration will embark on a six-city listening...

Lead in D.C.'s water? Who's watching out for our children?

As a parent of young children in the District, I was mortified to read in the Pos t this week that there's still potentially dangerous levels of lead in our water! (" Congressional panel finds possible lead risk in some D.C. children's water .") Here’s the information I found about children and lead on the on the EPA's website ....

What does increasing diversity mean for our future?

One of our goals with "Little Citizens, Big Issues" is to showcase diverse voices and viewpoints from the community on issues affecting young children in the District. This is the first in a series of guest posts by one of our partner organizations, the National Black Child Development Institute. Big issues require big solutions, huge conversations, and enormous action. Our...

DC Action For Children's radio debut

Gloria Minott of WPFW-89.3 FM interviewed our Executive Director HyeSook Chung on this morning's MetroWatch report. HyeSook talked about the critical need for quality early care and education in the District and about the grant we just received from the Kellogg Foundation. You can hear the report by going to the station's online archive and selecting story #44.

Building a successful advocacy agenda by working together

As you can see, DC Action for Children has a new face. Our website is emblematic of our new approach to advocacy--serving as a connector and a resource to organizations and individuals dedicated to meeting the needs of the District's youngest and most vulnerable citizens, our children. Over the last decade, science has opened our eyes to the astonishing growth...

Kellogg Foundation commits $5.7M to early care and education in D.C.!

This just in: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is investing nearly $6 million to fuel momentum around early care and education in the District. Click here to see the press release. DC Action for Children is one of the three grantees, along with Pre-K for All DC and Bounce DC (the group bringing an Educare school to Ward 7). Together, our...

Blended PreK: a quiet revolution for DCPS

Fifty-six years after the District of Columbia moved to desegregate its schools, a new wave of integration will quietly sweep DCPS this fall with the incoming preschool class. This time it's not about race, but income. For the first time, in the District's Title I schools, three- and four-year-olds will be assigned to blended classrooms that include both low-income students...

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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!