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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.


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Testimony to DC Council on Children's Services Coordination for Children Experiencing Homelessness

Testimony to DC Council about Children’s Services Coordination for Children Experiencing Homelessness | Kimberly Perry In light of traumatic incidents at the family shelters shortly prior to this public health crisis, DHS must work with community leaders to develop a Children’s Services Coordination Plan in each family shelter setting (including the hotels). Instead of asking for additional funds, we urge...

Testimony to DC Council on SNAP

Testimony to DC Council about SNAP | Rachel Metz Even before the pandemic, SNAP filled a major need in DC, particularly for children. In fiscal year 2019, 94,000 District residents participated in SNAP, which is about 13 percent of the District’s population.28 Of those 94,000 participants, 37,000 - just over one-third - were children under age 18 (with about one-third...

Welcome Jamar Day to the DC Action for Children Team!

Please join me in welcoming our new Lead Organizer, Jamar Day! Jamar joined the team this week and has already been diving in organizing critical public forums for DC's parents and community members to weigh in on the Mayor's proposed budget priorities. As Lead Organizer, Jamar will facilitate a team of six community organizers, which many refer to as the...

OP-ED: Yael Smiley and Kimberly Perry: Family, medical and caregiving leave are essential for all of us

DC Action for Children Executive Director Kimberly Perry and DC pediatrician Dr. Yael Smiley wrote about the importance of Universal Paid Family Leave in a recent op-ed in The District Line. The COVID-19 crisis reinforces the need for inclusive, accessible programs for public health and public benefits. Fortunately, the District is almost ready to launch a new program that will...

DC Action Welcomes Jarred Bowman to the Team!

We welcome Jarred Bowman to DC Action for Children this week! Jarred joins us as a policy analyst working closely with our signature campaign, Under 3 DC, to monitor, evaluate and promote key public investments in the City’s early childhood education community. Jarred brings his expertise in child well-being, race equity and youth development to deepen relationships with key stakeholders...

OP-ED: Protect Home Visiting! Don’t Cut Families With Young Children Out of the Budget

Ruqiyyah Anbar-Shaheen, DC Home Visiting Council Chair and DC Action for Children Director of Early Childhood Policy and Programs, and Fernanda Ruiz, DC Home Visiting Council Program Committee Co-Chair and Mary’s Center Home Visiting Director, wrote for Under3DC about the importance of sustaining funding in the DC budget for vital home visiting programs. The stress of parenting through a public...

Our FY21 Budget Priorities

The District of Columbia is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis, the results of which are likely to shape the future of the District for years, if not decades to come. Mayor Muriel Bowser has released her priorities for children, youth and families through her FY 2021 budget proposal. She’ll be presenting it to the DC Council today. The...

New DC Data Brief: D.C. Can’t Have Economic Recovery Without Child Care Investments

We released a new brief today from the Under 3 DC Coalition, which we co-chair, and our partner the District of Columbia Association for the Education of Young Children (DCAEYC) summarizing data from recent surveys of the child care community about its financial losses as a result of COVID-19 and the need for dedicated emergency funding to preserve this essential...

DC Action and Under 3 DC Call on Lawmakers for Child Care Stabilization

DC Action for Children, co-chair of the Under 3 DC Coalition, calls on Mayor Bowser and her administration to take urgent action with the DC Council to fund a child care stabilization package for the approximately 474 licensed center and home-based child care businesses serving over 37,000 young children under age 5. This package should include: • Relief grants for...

DC Action Joins National Call to Congress for Support for Home Visiting

For decades, home visiting has been an important way to support District families navigating parenthood and the earliest years of their children’s lives. Today, 13 diverse organizations have home visiting programs that provide 1,260 DC children and families with stable, accessible, and supportive guidance and resources around parenting, education, and family health. Now, during the COVID-19 public health crisis and...

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