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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.


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Why our work is even more urgent today

The Foundation for Child Development released its annual Child and Youth Well-Being Index today, revealing that the rate of children living in poverty across the country has hit 22%, its highest point in nearly two decades. It's hard to accept, though not so hard to believe given the Great Recession, that more children are living in poverty today than when...

European child care study cites long-term social benefits for infants and toddlers

Last month, the National Institutes of Health released results from the longest-running and most comprehensive study of child care in the United States, linking the quality of care infants and toddlers receive to their academic achievement and behavior in adolescence. According to the study , children who received lower-quality child care exhibited a greater propensity toward impulsiveness and risk-taking at...

Books: Don't call them clutter

TV design shows and magazines (my personal weakness) have made me increasingly allergic to clutter around the house. Still, I've always felt that part of what makes a house a home are the books that fill it--bound slices of life afar and ancient, memoirs, fiction and fantasy. And the latest research shows, despite the heralds of technology, the book is...

Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to all of you visiting our new site for the first time--we're delighted to have you! For more background on DC Action for Children, you may want to read some of our earlier posts. A good place to start is this welcome post and introduction from our new Executive Director, HyeSook Chung. And here's another post that describes our...

What’s going on inside that tiny brain?

As a mother of a one-year-old daughter, I don’t know how many times I’ve asked myself that question. But now it's actually possible to peek inside the brains of babies--and see when and how things click--thanks to a new brain-scanning device created by researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences . The scanner is the...

Work-to-Welfare: child care cuts put working moms in limbo

The New York Times ran a story today about the wrenching decision more and more working moms are having to make as a result of deep state cuts to child care: They’re going on welfare. That wasn’t exactly what President Bill Clinton envisioned when he signed the welfare-to-work bill in 1996, ostensibly nudging more families off public assistance by offering...

More children falling off the 3rd grade cliff in reading

It’s all in the numbers. They don’t lie. Just as a financial advisor tells young people entering the workforce to begin investing early in their retirement accounts to guarantee the best payout in the end, it’s increasingly clear that we must invest early in our children’s learning and development. Waiting until they’re already in school is waiting too long. When...

My hope for the District’s youngest citizens

Welcome to the new home of DC Action for Children! We’re delighted you found us. I suppose I should introduce myself! I joined DC Action for Children in October as Executive Director. It’s hard to believe it’s already been nearly eight months. Our small team has working tirelessly to get this new site launched, all while doing the direct advocacy...

Little Citizens, Big Issues: A platform for discussion, advocacy and change

The cacophony of activity and emotion inside D.C.’s classrooms is often matched only by the boisterous discussion of quality early care and education beyond the classrooms—from the halls of government to the proverbial kitchen table. Should we emphasize quality or access? Can we do both? At what age do we mandate early education for all children—age 3? 2? Kindergarten? What...

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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!