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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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Early Childhood Education: Invest Now, Save Later

Even with deep concern about the economy and budget deficits that can’t be ignored, we still need to think about making smart investments now. One of the more important lessons I recall from my childhood is how to be smart with money. My father would say, “Being smart with your money today will benefit you tomorrow.” PNC’s Grow Up Great...

New D.C. campaign stresses importance of early intervention

D.C. is reaching out to support some of our youngest, most vulnerable residents--children under three who have developmental delays. Today the Office of the State Superintendent of Education announced the kickoff of the Strong Start Campaign, to increase awareness of early intervention and provide a starting point for parents whose babies or toddlers may have a developmental delay. Expect to...

More worrying than the stock market

While the nose-diving stock market may be monopolizing headlines today, I urge you to focus on another set of numbers that has deep implications for us all. According new Census data released yesterday, child poverty continues to rise in the District.Nearly one-third, or 30.4 percent, of D.C. children live under the poverty line. That’s nearly 8 percentage points higher than...

Reflections on the poverty numbers

On Tuesday the Census bureau released staggering new numbers revealing the depth of poverty in the country. One in five American children now live under the poverty line. In the District, of course, the depths are much deeper. One in three of our children live in poverty. In 2010, about 121,000 people were at or below the poverty line in...

Saluting the newest scholars in DC's early childhood workforce

As an advocate, I feel at times a few steps removed from the families we work to support, but at an event I attended last Friday, it all came together. I had the opportunity to attend a celebration of the first anniversary of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood DC, an innovative scholarship program that allows child care workers to earn college degrees...

Pediatricians can do more to spur healthy brain development

Editor’s Note: The American Academy of Pediatrics launched Healthy Child Care America in 1995, a project to promote quality early education and child care experiences for families and communities. Chapters across the country are launching early brain and child development programs. We invited Dr. Lee Beers from Children’s National Medical Center and a member of our D.C. KIDS COUNT advisory...

Middle schools and "exit rates"

We're still processing all the great information from yesterday's D.C. Council Roundtable on Middle Schools. HyeSook testified and we circulated drafts of our upcoming issue brief on middle school. Bill Turque at the Post quoted from our report in this blog post yesterday: "Can D.C. keep middle schoolers from 'teetering on the ninth-grade cliff?" Thanks for the coverage, Bill!Meanwhile, in...

Middle schools are "the weakest link"

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has staked out middle school reform as his turf. Today he convened a "roundtable" style public hearing to learn more about what's going wrong in the middle grades -- 6, 7 and 8 -- and what can be done to turn them around.DC Action Executive Director HyeSook Chung testified that the middle grades are the...

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