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DC Action for Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan child and youth advocacy organization dedicated to using research, data, and 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, the primary source for data on conditions and outcomes for kids’ well-being. DC Action's collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


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One City Plan Needs Data Below City Level

DC Mayor Vince Gray released his One City Action Plan last month, setting objectives for the city’s economic development, education and quality of life. The plan zeroes in on data by linking some of these objectives to measurable indicators and by promising a regular report card on progress.One City indicators range from bolstering kindergarten readiness to increasing bike lanes. All...

Evidence Based Advocacy: Why Data Are Important

Data play an extremely important role in my everyday practice as a physician. My choice of antibiotics, medications and therapy are all guided by up-to-date research and data. This practice is called evidence-based medicine. The purpose of evidence-based medicine is to remove subjectivity from the clinical decision making process by applying information gained through studies and scholarly work to medical...

Dive into DC KIDS COUNT Data With Us

Our city’s prosperity rests on the shoulders of our children. They are the next generation teachers, parents and civic leaders. If they don’t succeed, we all have a dimmer future. We like to encourage our children by telling them that they can be anything they aspire to be. Unfortunately, the success of far too many children in DC seems predetermined...

D.C. Students Who Participated in Pre-K Have an Edge in Third Grade

A few weeks ago, I wrote about why third grade is a turning point for student success. According to my research on third grade proficiency for an upcoming DC Action issue brief, experts agree that high-quality early education is a key stepping stone to proficiency by third grade. Now, with the release of the 2011-2012 D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC...

Our advice for D.C. leaders for head start recompetition

This blog was co-authored by Bonnie O'Keefe and HyeSook Chung.When we think about our city’s future, we need to consider how we can do more to prepare all of our children to meet it. At DC Action for children, we believe we are ALL responsible for that. We must continue to improve our education system – at multiple levels –...

Becoming an effective child advocate outside of the ivory tower

Editor's Note: Shaunte Henry is a second year pediatric resident from Children's National Medical Center who is interning with us this month as a part of an advocacy rotation. Welcome, Dr. Henry!When I think about the reasons why I decided to become a physician, two things jump out at me. First, I am a huge science nerd. I have an...

A Mixed Picture for Children in D.C. (and Across the Nation)

Too many of our children – our next generation of citizens, workers, parents and leaders – are growing up in environments that limit their ability to reach their full potential, according to data from the national 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. D.C. followed many national trends, which showed that children continued to...

Combating depression – the need in D.C. for support and access

When you think about risky behavior that could lead young people to violence, you might think about drugs or alcohol or getting into fights. What about mental health? Results from Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) suggest that too many young people in D.C. may be in great danger of doing violence to themselves.Looking at these results alongside DC Action...

A look at DC Action’s past, present and a sneak peek into the future

It’s important in life and in work to always take time to reflect on your past. What better time than during the long, hot summer days? Gearing up for our 20th anniversary and a very exciting event this fall, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on DC Action’s history, what we’re working on now and give a sneak...

Playing our part in a community food pyramid

Healthy children are a cornerstone of thriving communities. Likewise, communities where children live have important effects on their well-being – both now and in the future. To grow up smart and strong, children need environments that include fresh and nutritious food. School meal programs and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) help ensure that all children are well-nourished and can grow...

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