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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?


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...

Why our work is even more urgent today

The Foundation for Child Development released its annual Child and Youth Well-Being Index today, revealing that the rate of children living in poverty across the country has hit 22%, its highest point in nearly two decades. It's hard to accept, though not so hard to believe given the Great Recession, that more children are living in poverty today than when...

European child care study cites long-term social benefits for infants and toddlers

Last month, the National Institutes of Health released results from the longest-running and most comprehensive study of child care in the United States, linking the quality of care infants and toddlers receive to their academic achievement and behavior in adolescence. According to the study , children who received lower-quality child care exhibited a greater propensity toward impulsiveness and risk-taking at...

Books: Don't call them clutter

TV design shows and magazines (my personal weakness) have made me increasingly allergic to clutter around the house. Still, I've always felt that part of what makes a house a home are the books that fill it--bound slices of life afar and ancient, memoirs, fiction and fantasy. And the latest research shows, despite the heralds of technology, the book is...

Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to all of you visiting our new site for the first time--we're delighted to have you! For more background on DC Action for Children, you may want to read some of our earlier posts. A good place to start is this welcome post and introduction from our new Executive Director, HyeSook Chung. And here's another post that describes our...

What’s going on inside that tiny brain?

As a mother of a one-year-old daughter, I don’t know how many times I’ve asked myself that question. But now it's actually possible to peek inside the brains of babies--and see when and how things click--thanks to a new brain-scanning device created by researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences . The scanner is the...

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We need you.

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!