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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.


What's New?


Data for the Greater Good

As many of you may already know, we were funded to be the new KIDS COUNT grantee here in the District, and we don’t take this responsibility lightly! In 1990, The Annie E. Casey Foundation created the KIDS COUNT initiative to fund organizations like ours to gather and promote the use of data as a critical tool for long-term systemic...

Raising DC, from cradle to career

Last week, Mayor Gray announced the launch of Raise DC, an initiative that brings together policymakers and community leaders across sectors for a common goal — career readiness by age 24. DC Action for Children is proud to have been part of the collaboration that constructed the Raise DC roadmap, during a two-day Design Institute with more than 100 other...

New infant mortality data: Positive trend, but large disparities by place

Infant mortality, a metric widely used to compare the health and well-being of different populations, has declined slightly in D.C. (and across the nation) over the past decade. New data from the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) measured infant mortality at 9.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009 (the national rate was 6.4). A decrease in infant mortality...

On Bully Free DC anniversary, signs of progress

Tomorrow will be the first anniversary of Mayor Vincent Gray’s Bully Free DC Day, an effort to highlight and combat bullying in the District. The anniversary is timely, as both DC Public Schools and Mayor Gray released anti-bullying plans in the past month.Here at DC Action, we believe every child should have all the resources needed to reach their full...

Become a Friend of DC Action

Yesterday we hosted our first Friends of DC Action event — sponsored by Clos du Bois winery at the Lincoln Restaurant. It was a great success! I was excited to see people gather from all sectors of the community to learn about the work we do, and ways to be involved.Chatting with a friend later that evening who was tied...

Working to give every child a good start

Before going through primary and secondary school and heading to a four-year college, I had the foundation of my learning abilities laid at a more humble locale: The Hancock preschool program in Lexington, Mass.I took it for granted for a long time that I had a strong Pre-K experience there, even before Pre-K gained the importance and prominence it now...

D.C. makes the mark: huge strides in achieving universal Pre-K

A study released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) shows that D.C. has made giant strides towards achieving universal Pre-K. Since the passing of the Pre-Kindergarten Enhancement and Expansion Amendment Act of 2008, enrollment of the District’s 3- and 4-year-olds in education-based preschool and Pre-K programs has increased dramatically.In 2007, an estimated 27% of 3-year-olds and...

April Awareness

A lot is happening in April to bring awareness to different children’s issues. Monday was Autism Awareness Day (continues throughout the month), which may come at an opportune time. A recent Washington Post article reported on a survey by the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention that found that an estimated one in 88 children in the United States has...

A year later …progress for blended classrooms

I have written about “blended” classrooms before and all the benefits of “blending.” Last year, DCPS secured $11 million from the federal Head Start Bureau to “blend” Pre-K classrooms with Head Start classrooms.“Blending” is combining the best elements of the two program models: Head Start (and its comprehensive family-focused services) and Pre-K (school readiness) plus the District’s federal and local...

Kindergarten readiness, from the neighborhood up

All children need early opportunities to develop cognitive, social and emotional skills. Well before a child gets to kindergarten, those opportunities and early experiences shape his or her brain architecture. Positive interactions with caring adults help to build a strong foundation, so that children can go to school ready to learn and thrive. At the same time, prolonged and serious...

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