Family Economic Security

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 such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, DC Healthy Families, the Immigrant Children's Program, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program and the Child Care Subsidy Program.



The Child Care Subsidy Program

The Child Care Subsidy Program, which uses both federal and local funds, helps qualified low-income families pay their child care fees.

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Immigrant Children’s Program and DC Health Care Alliance

In order to provide health care to those in need regardless of immigration status, DC created and funds two programs: the Immigrant Children’s Program and DC Health Care Alliance.

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Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

DC Medicaid provides health care to almost one in three District residents, and DC Healthy Families (also known as CHIP) provides coverage to children in families with incomes above the Medicaid limit. The bulk of the budget for both programs comes from federal funds.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP, formerly the food stamp program, is a federally funded program that helps eligible low-income children and families afford food.

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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

WIC is a federal funded program that provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and health care referrals to low-income pregnant and postpartum adults, infants, and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk.

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