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DC Action for Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan child and youth advocacy organization dedicated to using data, public policy, and partnerships with 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, Under 3 DC, DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, and the DC Home Visiting Council.

Our collaborative advocacy campaigns and initiatives empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


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Getting Breakfast to More Low-Income Children in D.C.

Editors Note: Alexandra Ashbrook is executive director of DC Hunger Solutions, a partner in our High 5 for DC's Kids Campaign. Learn more about the campaign here. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center finds that the number of low-income children in D.C. eating school meals (breakfast and lunch) increased in the 2009-2010 school year. The recession...

Study shows it's good to be a chatterbox

We all talk about quality when it comes to serving our children -- quality education, quality health care, the list goes on -- but when it comes to language development, could it really be more about the quantity rather than the quality of the words you speak?Maybe. A seminal study conducted in Kansas published in 1995 and featured recently on...

Wednesday morning coffee break: school integration, Chinese parenting

Good morning! I'm sure many children (and parents) across the Washington region are disappointed not to have gotten the snow day they feel they so rightly deserved. Small consolation: Here is some interesting reading that hopefully will provide some food for thought on how we raise all our children to be successful.First, the Washington Post has a front-page story today...

Two things you can do today

Congratulations, you made it to Friday! Here are two quick things you can do today (you know you have time -- if not today, then over the weekend):Help ensure that Congress doesn't repeal health care reform. The House is set to vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act next Wednesday, Jan. 12. Sign this petition by Voices for...

New year, same resolution…

Editor's Note: Welcome to the newest member of the DC Action team, Sumeira Kashim!As the new year begins and I get settled into my new role as senior policy analyst at DC Action for Children, my resolution remains the same: I hope to contribute to the improvement of the lives of children, youth and families living in the District. I...

Reflections on the year

2010 was a long and difficult year for many struggling families with young children in the District and across the country. The recession may have officially ended more than a year ago, but there were few signs of relief -- from the bleak housing market to stagnant employment and state and local governments forced to make difficult cuts to balance...

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...

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