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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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The inevitable preschool potty lesson

In the summer of 2009, I was offered a job helping the City of Tempe, Ariz., open a brand-new preschool. Having just graduated with my degree in child development from Arizona State University, I was given the position of lead teacher of the three-year-old classroom. I was ecstatic and I wanted to be prepared. I spent the summer dedicated to...

DCPS out-of-boundary Pre-K lottery is now open!

If you have a preschool aged-child and live in the District, note that the lottery period for DCPS Pre-K (3- and 4-year-olds) is now open. It's time to shop around and find a school that works best for you and your child.Here's more information on the lottery process: http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/ (Looks like there may be some technical problems at the moment...

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. The recession...

Study shows it's good to be a chatterbox

We all talk about quality when it comes to serving our children -- quality education, quality health care, the list goes on -- but when it comes to language development, could it really be more about the quantity rather than the quality of the words you speak?Maybe. A seminal study conducted in Kansas published in 1995 and featured recently on...

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 today...

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 for...

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. I...

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