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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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Ready, set, … dive! What we hope “DC Datadive” can do for the city’s children

This Friday to Sunday, DC Action staff will be at the “DC Datadive,” teaming up with Data Without Borders and Independent Sector’s 2011 American Express NGEN Fellows to spend the entire weekend digging deeper into data for social justice! We are so excited about what this means for us and our D.C. KIDS COUNT work.Data Without Borders hosts “datadives,” where...

New data show D.C. children in high poverty neighborhoods could fill 60 8-car metro trains

The places in which children live, learn and grow have a tremendous effect on their well-being and success. When a neighborhood is safe and supportive, with community resources and adults who are doing well, children are more likely to prosper. Similarly, if a neighborhood lacks resources and has a high rate of poverty, children can face more challenges.Nearly a third...

What 40 dollars a paycheck means to you

The White House re-launched the “what 40 dollars mean to you” campaign. President Obama asked Americans to share personal stories of what losing $40 per paycheck would mean to average middle-class citizens, who have benefited from the payroll tax holiday.Last week, I was one of the lucky few invited to hear from families who responded to Mr. Obama’s request. During...

Why Place May Matter in the D.C. Achievement Gap

It is not breaking news that D.C. has a persistent achievement gap, a gulf, really, between black and white students. Many studies attribute this kind of achievement gap to income. In fact, the New York Times just ran an analysis of the widening gap between children from high- and low-income families, and the NPR show Talk of the Nation also...

Too many D.C. children and families have too little to show for city’s economic boom

Our city’s economy is booming, steadily adding jobs during the last decade, including during most months of the recession.Because of this economic boom, median family incomes have risen in D.C. – up 12 percent in the last decade, compared to a decrease of 4 percent in the U.S.Within this increasing prosperity, however, too many of our city’s children and families...

The State of the Union’s Missing Children

I had a wonderful opportunity, as a member of the Voices for America’s Children network, to meet with Vice President Biden and senior administration officials to discuss proposals outlined in last week’s State of the Union address and their place in the forthcoming federal budget. Our task: to ask about health reform and the expansion of Medicaid, whether the administration...

DCPS preschool/pre-k lottery application opens today!

Parents of DCPS three and four year-olds: the preschool/pre-k lottery opens today! Parents have until February 27th to complete and submit their applications for up to six school programs, selecting any combination of in-boundary and/or out-of-boundary schools, so today’s a good day to do some shopping around of which school best fits the needs of your child. You can also...

Children’s issues I wish the presidential candidates were talking about

How many low-income children does it take to replace one janitor at a school?This is not the opening line of a joke. Sadly, it is a subject that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich keeps talking about and, as a result, one we keep hearing about in the debates and news media.Even sadder is that he and the other candidates in...

Leaders investing in our nation’s kids

Last month, AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation announced that it is launching a series of workshops to bring together a diverse group of local practitioners, policymakers and stakeholders in the community to participate in DC LINKS (Leaders Investing in our Nation's Kids). These workshops will introduce members of our community to AppleTree’s comprehensive instructional model called Every Child Ready.In 2010...

Some Head Start programs not meeting quality standards

As I have blogged about in the past, I’m a huge fan of Head Start!Many early childhood experts believe that Head Start is one of the most important social and educational investments in children, families and communities that the United States has ever undertaken. Head Start has remained strong in the face of changing political and fiscal climates over the...

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