Our Priorities

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.

As the District undergoes a profound demographic shift and booming economy, persistent racial inequities exist among the District’s children. DC Action for Children is developing resources and tools to effectively advocate for public investments that improve equity in opportunities and outcomes for children and families of color.

Learning begins at birth and continues throughout the lifespan. DC Action for Children works to eliminate disparities and strengthen our early childhood system so it can support families with young children from birth through age 5.

Children and youth deserve quality, affordable, coordinated and culturally sensitive health services, mental health services and nutrition to learn, grow and thrive. DC Action for Children is the leading organization evaluating and working toward improvements in the District's comprehensive health services for children and youth.

Children and youth are particularly vulnerable when their families lack the income, assets, and access to consistently meet basic needs. These risks include low birth weight, poor health due to environmental factors, episodic or chronic homelessness, and poor education outcomes. DC Action for Children supports strengthening access to affordable housing, quality education and family safety net programs.