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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.


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Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017, Department of Health

Yesterday, we testified during the FY17 Agency Budget Hearing for the Department of Health on the importance of perinatal and school health. Read our full remarks below. Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health and Human Services Council of the District of Columbia...

The True Cost of a Child Care System?

If you’ve ever looked into child care options and have quickly found your jaw on the floor, you’re not alone. New parents often face sticker shock when confronted with the steep cost of child care. That's especially true here in the District, where child care often costs as much as college tuition for working parents who don't qualify for subsidies...

Trends in Third Grade Reading Proficiency: An Analysis of DC CAS Results (2007-2014)

This month, DC Action for Children released a new report on third grade reading proficiency in the District of Columbia. The report is an update of our 2012 policy brief, which found that third grade math and reading proficiency remained unchanged between 2007 and 2011. Early elementary school is about more than loose teeth and learning to share: it represents...

New Cost Model Analysis Shines Light on the True Cost of Quality Child Care

Over the past year, a number of news articles have drawn attention to the steep cost of child care, which in the District is now more than three times as expensive as in-state college tuition. Despite the amount spent by parents and a sizeable public investment (the District’s child care subsidy reimbursement rates are among the highest in the country),...

How to Inspire Yourself This Year

This blog post was originally shared on the Classy Blog. Classy is the world’s fastest growing fundraising platform for social impact organizations. I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2014 Collaborative and DC Action was selected as a 2014 Classy Awards Nominee. This year, I joined the esteemed Leadership Council, voting alongside other industry leaders to determine the final...

Harnessing Context for Positive Sustainable Change

DC Action is happy to welcome Adrienne Lloyd to the team as a Program Associate! Read her blog post below about her commitment to DC Action's mission. Although there are many reasons to study a second language, I was motivated to study Spanish for an admittedly less language-driven reason. While being able to communicate with Spanish-speakers is an undeniably important...

More Children Continue to Fall Off of the Third Grade Reading Cliff

Despite Massive School Reform Efforts, More Children Continue to Fall Off of the Third Grade Reading Cliff Washington, DC – March 1, 2016 – The new report released today by DC Action for Children illustrate that third grade reading proficiency in DC has not improved since 2007 . In fact, the analysis shows that for some student subgroups, there was...

Agency Performance Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2015, Department of Health

Last week, we testified during the FY16 Performance Oversight Hearing for the Department of Health on the importance of evidence-base home visiting in the early care and education landscape. Read our full remarks below. Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health and...

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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!