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, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).





TANF Reform in DC

Historically, the District has contributed local funding to cover families that exceeded the federal 60-month TANF time limit. However, the District’s approach to TANF policy is changing.


Protecting the Social Safety Net: Reflections from an Anti-Hunger Policy Lens

by Adrienne Lloyd

This month I had the opportunity, along with over 1,300 participants, to attend the 2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference co-sponsored by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America right here in DC.


Visit our DC KIDS COUNT Data Center



We need you.

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!