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.


Our Impact

As the collective voice for kids, DC Action for Children has been at the forefront of hundreds of policy wins for kids and families. For example, we led the Covering Kids and Covering Kids and Families campaigns leading to more than 90 percent of eligible children being enrolled in DC Healthy Families insurance program. We helped to establish the Children’s Budget initiative to elevate the needs of kids with lawmakers, appointed officials, and the public to ensure millions of dollars in resources for children and youth remain a priority in DC’s annual budget. 

In the last two years, as a proud member of the Birth to Three Alliance, our collective action resulted in the DC Council passing the landmark Birth to Three for All Act of 2018 which authorizes and finances subsidies and services to ensure healthier birth outcomes and early learning supports for the District’s youngest residents to grow and thrive.

We rely on the generosity of our donors to support our critical work to ensure DC's children and youth grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard. Great work is possible because of great supporters.


  • Individual donors like you!
  • Alliance for Early Success
  • Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • The Bainum Family Foundation
  • The Build Initiative
  • Children's National Medical Center
  • Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative
  • The Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation
  • M&T Bank
  • Washington Area Women's Foundation

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!