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Little Citizens, Big Issues

by HyeSook Chung
on October 28, 2014

Election Day is a week from today, and in DC you can vote before then. Voting isn’t just a right. It’s a responsibility! We are responsible as citizens and as voters for the future of our city, as are our elected officials. The biggest question for me is what do you stand for? Do you stand for DC children?

We look forward to working with new and incumbent members of DC Council, the DC Council Chair and the new Mayor during this critical transition and upcoming budget season to ensure that they are making decisions in the best interests of children.

by HyeSook Chung
on October 24, 2014

New parents often face sticker shock when confronted with the steep cost of child care. That's especially true here in the District, where for working parents who don't qualify for subsidies, child care often costs as much as college tuition--and the cost is rising.  

by HyeSook Chung
on October 20, 2014

In DC early voting started today. As a resident of DC, I’m disappointed with the lack of civic engagement in our city. As a parent and child advocate, I know there are decisions made on the behalf of families every day-- city leaders make decisions that influence the distribution of assets children and their families need. So my question to DC residents: why aren’t we more engaged?

by HyeSook Chung
on October 17, 2014
It’s simple, really.

We aim to ensure all of DC’s children are provided the opportunities they need to be prepared for school and the workforce.

It’s simple, but not easy. How do we imagine we will get there? Well, think of it as working on our ABCs.

A) A Birth to Eight Platform

by Shana Bartley
on October 14, 2014

New data included in the KIDS COUNT Data Center show that median family income among households with children continues to grow in DC. In 2012, the number reached $65,100—that’s a 17% increase from 2011 and a historic high.

by Tim Vance
on October 7, 2014

This is part two of a two-part blog post taking a closer look at data on two important indicators for the healthy development of infants and toddlers in the District

by HyeSook Chung
on October 4, 2014

Here's our Op-Ed in the Washington Post, in partnership with Attendance Works.

Hedy Chang is director of Attendance Works, a national nonprofit that promotes better practice and policy around school attendance. Attendance Works has conducted training in DC and Maryland. HyeSook Chung is executive director of DC Action for Children.

by Shana Bartley
on October 2, 2014

The number of young children in our city is growing—are we ready for them?

by HyeSook Chung
on September 29, 2014
Amid all the cynical negotiations over child and families policies, it is easy for child and family advocates to feel defeated. We need to remind our leaders of our American values, particularly the importance of family and the belief that every child should have the opportunity to succeed in life, regardless of his or her circumstances (or ZIP CODE).
This week we celebrate, with 52 other partner organizations, 25 years of the KIDS COUNT network. DC Action for Children is a proud member of the KIDS COUNT network.