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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.


What's New?


DC Paid Family Leave Is Here!

DC'S $15 MINIMUM WAGE AND PAID FAMILY LEAVE BENEFIT BEGINS TODAY SUPPORTING THE WELL-BEING OF OUR CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND WORKFORCE Today, July 1, 2020, marks a major milestone for parents and workers in the District of Columbia! DC is now the first ‘state’ and the fifth city in the country to pay workers a $15 per hour minimum wage. And...

Take Action for a Racially Just Budget

Last night, we co-hosted a a virtual town hall with the Fair Budget Coalition and The Black Swan Academy to unpack the history of racial discrimination and it’s negative affects on Black and brown communities in DC, and explored what a vision for a racially just budget would look like for children and youth and their families. We were joined...

2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book Released

Child Poverty, the District's Other Pandemic Previous efforts to lift Black and brown families out of poverty aren’t enough. DC must confront systemic racism and break down structural barriers in order to end concentrated child poverty. Washington, DC — Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia are poised to pass a $16.7...

Testimony to DC Council on Need for Just Recovery for DC's Youngest Residents

Testimony to DC Council on Need for Just Recovery for DC's Youngest Residents by Ronald Jarrett, Coalition Director, Under 3 DC Racism defines almost every aspect of society. We have seen how generations of inequality have resulted in a nation struggling to maintain a civil society today. The time has come to let go of outmoded paradigms, protocols, and biases...

PRESS RELEASE:  83 Percent of D.C. Voters Support Raising Local Taxes on Wealthy Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 17, 2020 Contacts: Natali Fani-González, 301.442.8459, Natali@MateaGroup.com Gail Zuagar, 215.888.1153, gzuagar@dcfpi.org 83 Percent of D.C. Voters Support Raising Local Taxes on Wealthy Residents Results of a New Poll Call for Closing Ineffective Tax Loopholes for Corporations LINK TO POLL WASHINGTON, DC — 83 percent of D.C. voters support raising taxes on wealthy residents and corporations to...

Testimony to DC Council on Need for a Just Recovery for DC

Testimony to the DC Council on the Need for a Just Recovery for DC by Kimberly Perry, Executive Director, DC Action for Children At this moment in history when we are facing both a global health crisis and a national reckoning with systemic racism in our country, the District is on the verge of passing a historic budget that will...

PRESS RELEASE: DC in the State of Babies Yearbook

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAS WORK TO DO TO ACHIEVE EQUITY FOR ITS BLACK BABIES COVID-19 pandemic and racial protests have exposed and exacerbated disparities among young children Contacts: Kimberly Perry, DC Action for Children, 202-487-0522 Max Samis, ZERO TO THREE, 202-857-2658 WASHINGTON, DC – A new report, the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020, released today by early childhood development...

Youth. Power. Pride.

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH! It's Pride Month, here in the Nation's Capital, and around the country and world. Pride is a time for us all to stop and reflect on the impact LGBTQIA+ people have had on the world. It is also a time to promote the affirmation, dignity, equality, and visibility of our LGBTQIA+ kids, families, residents and communities...

Testimony to DC Council on WIC

Testimony to DC Council on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children by Ronald Jarrett, Coalition Director, Under 3 DC Racism defines almost every aspect of society. We have seen how generations of inequality have resulted in a nation struggling to maintain a civil society today. The time has come to let go of outmoded paradigms, protocols...

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