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DC Action for Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan child and youth advocacy organization dedicated to using data, public policy, and partnerships with a lens toward race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.

DC Action is the home of DC Kids Count, Under 3 DC, DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, and the DC Home Visiting Council.

Our collaborative advocacy campaigns and initiatives empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


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NEW KIDS COUNT REPORT RELEASE: Looming COVID Housing Crisis Threatens Health And Safety of DC Families

WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 1 in 5 families with children living in the District of Columbia are worried about paying their rent or making their next mortgage payment, according to Kids, Families and COVID-19: Pandemic Pain Points and the Urgent Need to Respond. A new, 50-state report of recent household data developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation analyzes how...

Unstoppable OST Programs Steadfastly Support Students Throughout Pandemic: Episode #1 | Higher Achievement

DC Action for Children was pleased to formalize the new DC OST Coalition earlier this Fall, and is now introducing a new blog series. It will highlight out-of-school-time programs, by creating space to share the stories of voices that have been left out of the discussion about how to support virtual learning and provide for safe and healthy in-person learning...

2020 - What a Year for Under 3 DC

By Ronald Jarrett, Coalition Director, Under 3 DC The inaugural year of Under 3 DC is one I will never forget! I started 2020 excited about my plan to move to the District and lead DC Action for Children’s signature campaign to fund and implement the Birth-to-Three for All DC law. Instead, I began my work remotely from out-of-state during...

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Help us spread the word DC Action is seeking a talented DIGITAL ORGANIZER who can use social media and tech tools to drive transformative organizing campaigns for education, health, economic and racial justice.

Testimony to DC Council on Return to In-Person Instruction in DC Public Schools

Testimony on Return to In-person Instruction in DC Public Schools before the Committee of the Whole and Committee on Education Joint Public Oversight Roundtable, Council of the District of Columbia by Kimberly Perry, Executive Director, DC Action for Children Wednesday, December 2, 2020 DC Action for Children and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA) recently merged to form an even...

Announcing the DC Kids Count 2020 Data Book

We know the District’s young people can accomplish anything when given a fair chance. And we also know how much stands in their way—particularly those most affected by poverty and racism. These are powerful injustices, and they must be met with an equally powerful response. Even in 2020, Black and brown residents in the District earn less money and do...

OST Programs Must Have Opportunity to Support Students During Pandemic

An Open Letter to DC Deputy Mayor of Education Paul Kihn Representatives from DC Action and the DC Out-of-School Time Coalition met with DME Paul Kihn on November 9 to discuss how to better engage out-of-school-time leaders in supporting students even when schools are closed. Following is our letter to Deputy Mayor Kihn illustrating the value of OST programs and...

Grant Opportunity for Out-of-School Time Programs

Our partners at the Afterschool Alliance informed us of a grant opportunity for out of school programs available in just 10 states this fall, including the District of Columbia, focused on programs that are providing meals through the USDA child nutrition programs to students and/or families. Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry are operating a mini grant program to get about...

Out-of-School-Time Programs Deserve a Seat at the Table

Dear Deputy Mayor Kihn, We write to you out of concern that the voices of educators, families, and youth are being excluded from the current discussion about how and when to safely reopen schools. In particular, we write on behalf of DC’s out-of-school time (OST) programs to ask that you immediately and directly engage the OST community in this process...

Open letter to Mayor Bowser Regarding Selection of New OSSE Head

Dear Mayor Bowser, CC: Deputy Mayor of Education Paul Kihn, Chairman Phil Mendelson, Councilmember David Grosso As State Superintendent for Education Hanseul Kang has transitioned from OSSE, DC Action for Children would like to express gratitude for her leadership and partnership over the nearly six years of her tenure. This moment offers a vital opportunity to find in Kang’s successor...

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