Our Mission

Shaping fair and equitable public policy for all of DC's children and youth to grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard. No exceptions.


Our Unique Approach

DC Action for Children is the leading independent research, policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving child well-being in the District of Columbia. Through unmatched subject matter expertise, we provide a voice for DC children on critical policy issues. The breadth of issues that we cover and our depth of knowledge and analysis reflects our approach to supporting children and their families. Our expertise covers education, health and child welfare policy issues that are fundamental to giving all children and youth the chance to reach their full potential.


Our History

In 1992 our six founding mothers created DC Action for Children out of concerns about the deteriorating conditions for children and youth. They formed the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization to help break the cycle of poverty through early interventions.

In its first two decades, DC Action for Children worked to improve outcomes for children by focusing on a broad array of issues, including early care and education, child welfare, child health and youth development.

In recent years, we have been a part of landmark legislation and budget wins for children and families that will improve their education, health, and family economic security. 

Today, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, DC Action for Children is the home of DC KIDS COUNT, the primary source of data on the well-being of children and youth. We work closely with city agencies, schools and care providers to get the most accurate and timely data. The data from DC KIDS COUNT drives our programmatic, evaluation and advocacy work.

We invite you to learn more about our past initiatives and ongoing work by exploring our Newsletter Archive.

Our Priorities


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