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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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A new community health center in Ward 4

One of the interesting findings in our recent Census issue brief was the expansion of the Hispanic community beyond its traditional core in Ward 1, where it actually decreased by 12%. In particular, Ward 4 has seen the largest influx in Hispanic residents over the past decade, with a 54% increase or 5,000 residents. Of course, the Census does not...

Developing a strong workforce for infant and toddler care

In D.C., there's been a strong focus on developing the early childhood workforce -- primarily for preschool and Pre-K. The Universal Pre-K legislation, passed in 2008 and amended in 2010, requires lead preschool and Pre-K classroom teachers to obtain an associate's or bachelor's degree in a related field by 2014. That's a tall order, considering that many early childhood teachers...

Pediatric residents: The untapped resource for advocacy

Editor's Note: This month, DC Action is pleased to welcome two pediatric residents from Children's National Medical Center for an advocacy rotation as part of their training. This blog is by Priya Narayanan. With medicine becoming more specialized, residents are among the few medical practitioners who still see patients in a variety of settings. We see patients who are admitted...

Chairman Brown, Deputy Mayor stress importance of economic development for children

We had an amazing D.C. KIDS COUNT event yesterday at the PNC headquarters, a stone's throw from the White House. Leaders from the business community, funders, advocates, community-based providers and others gathered to discuss what the Census tells us about our changing city and where we must go to ensure that every child has a bright and successful future. We...

OSSE’s budget robs the cradle

Last week, the D.C. Council held a hearing on the budget for the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. This was after the agency held a public briefing session for advocates and providers on to answer questions about its budget. Unfortunately, very few of our questions were answered in either of these public forums. (Read our testimony.)OSSE’s budget is...

Fight for Children awards recognize data-driven D.C. schools

Last week my coworker Aparna and I had the privilege of attending Fight for Children’s Champion of Quality awards luncheon. Fight for Children awards grants to a high school, a middle school and an elementary school each year in DC that displays high levels of quality and programs that improve student achievement. Rather than spur competition, the organization's overall goal...

Duncan warns we can't afford to cut early education

Every year, about this time, a season rolls around that inevitably stirs up some controversy. No, it isn’t spring: its budget season. With deep cuts being proposed left and right, one can’t help but to wince when they hear the most important aspect of our children’s future is on the line yet again: education. So, with such a big emphasis...

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