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We're shaping fair and equitable public policy for all of DC's children and youth to grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.

With the support of individuals and private foundations, DC Action for Children uses research, data, and a lens toward race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.


What's New?


What my little sister taught me

Editor's Note: DC Action is pleased to welcome Tulli Dobler, our operations intern. In a few short weeks, she has already gotten our office in ship shape. Here's her first blog post. As the newest member of the DC Action for Children team, and as a first-time blogger, I wanted to write something that would truly reflect who I am...

Getting Breakfast to More Low-Income Children in D.C.

Editors Note : Alexandra Ashbrook is executive director of DC Hunger Solutions, a partner in our High 5 for DC's Kids Campaign. Learn more about the campaign here . A new report from the Food Research and Action Center finds that the number of low-income children in D.C. eating school meals (breakfast and lunch) increased in the 2009-2010 school year....

Wednesday morning coffee break: school integration, Chinese parenting

Good morning! I'm sure many children (and parents) across the Washington region are disappointed not to have gotten the snow day they feel they so rightly deserved. Small consolation: Here is some interesting reading that hopefully will provide some food for thought on how we raise all our children to be successful. First, the Washington Post has a front-page story...

Two things you can do today

Congratulations, you made it to Friday! Here are two quick things you can do today (you know you have time -- if not today, then over the weekend): Help ensure that Congress doesn't repeal health care reform. The House is set to vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act next Wednesday, Jan. 12. Sign this petition by Voices...

New year, same resolution…

Editor's Note: Welcome to the newest member of the DC Action team, Sumeira Kashim! As the new year begins and I get settled into my new role as senior policy analyst at DC Action for Children, my resolution remains the same: I hope to contribute to the improvement of the lives of children, youth and families living in the District....

Reflections on the year

2010 was a long and difficult year for many struggling families with young children in the District and across the country. The recession may have officially ended more than a year ago, but there were few signs of relief -- from the bleak housing market to stagnant employment and state and local governments forced to make difficult cuts to balance...

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Despite a booming economy, the District has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, with more than one quarter of children and youth living in families struggling to make ends meet. Let's work together to break down structural barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.  Join Us!