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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.


What's New?


Mayoral candidates address issues affecting D.C.'s youngest citizens

Last night's candidate forum at the Channel Inn was attended by dozens of voters who care for and about young children in the District. Many thanks to our partners at the DC Association for the Education of Young Children and Pre-K for All DC for putting on a great event. Five candidates were there: Vincent Gray, Michael Green, Leo Alexander...

We're moving!

After nearly a year of working in borrowed space (thanks to the Diane & Norman Bernstein Foundation for making us feel so welcome), DC Action for Children is finally moving to our own dedicated offices at McPherson Square.Our phone lines are supposed to transfer, but in case you have difficult reaching us in the next few days, please contact us...

Valuing the X-factor: social emotional intelligence

Did you ever think your five-year old could display such complex emotions as delayed gratification? Or question the existence of life? Or even pick up on the subtle complexities of someone’s “dry” sense of humor? This video proves that children can in fact delay gratification—they can actually wait for marshmallows! It would be very hard for my four and six-year...

Monday morning coffee break

Good morning! Is it still morning? Barely. I just had my coffee--now I'm ready to blog. This weekend, volunteers and staff at DCPS fanned out across the city to reach parents of incoming preschoolers. Chancellor Rhee called for the unprecedented door-knocking campaign to reach the parents of these youngest pupils to ensure they have all their immunizations and health forms...

Early intervention lost in the shuffle

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 Alison Whyte, policy specialist at The Arc of DC.D.C.'s Early Intervention Program (EIP) for infants and toddlers with disabilities has moved three times in the city bureaucracy in the...

Feds embrace comprehensive early learning approach

When it comes to early learning, research has shown that comprehensive programs that combine education, health, nutrition and other social and emotional supports give at-risk children the boost they need to succeed in school. That's the basis for Head Start, of course, and it's why DCPS is now expanding comprehensive early learning to all children in preschool and Pre-K classrooms...

D.C.'s AppleTree Institute wins federal i3 grant

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.News from the US Department of Education's Investing in Innovation, or "i3" competition, leaked out on inadvertently last Wednesday. These...

Quality child care out of reach for too many in D.C.

This weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with WAMU reporter Jessica Gould to discuss the high costs of child care in D.C, which according to a recent report are nearly twice the cost of annual tuition at a four-year college. The short piece, which aired on today's "Morning Edition," doesn’t cover our entire hour-long conversation, but does emphasize...

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