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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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 priorities...

ESEA: Leaving the littlest children behind

The good news is that Congress is finally focusing on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act (ESEA) to boost student achievement and ensure that more go on to college. The bad news is that the administration's blueprint for rewriting the law formerly known as No Child Left Behind in fact leaves many children behind by leaving out Pre-K.Luckily...

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 brainchild of Andrew...

Our priorities: As simple as ABC—but not as easy

It’s simple, really.We aim to ensure all of D.C.’s youngest citizens are provided the opportunities they need to be prepared for school and the workforce.It’s simple, but not easy. How do we imagine we will get there? Well, think of it as working on our ABCs.A) Birth to EightWe’ll promote quality programs for every child from birth to eight years...

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