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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.


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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 break the...

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 today...

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 as...

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...

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