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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 Kids Count in DC

When we think of the economic growth of our city -- we tend to neglect the value proposition of more children in DC. We would agrue DC has made significant strides toward becoming a child-friendly city (i.e. investments in K-12 education, robust eligibility for health insurance, universal preK) and we urge city leaders to continue to invest in children, especially...

The Collaborative + The Classys

In 2014, DC Action was one of the top 5 organizations recognized at the Classy Awards for our work in education preparedness! This was an especially huge recognition for our small but mighty staff of four. As executive director, I also had the pressure of providing a TEDx style presentation as a Game Changer for our DC KIDS COUNT data...

Mapping Voter Turnout by Neighborhood: High Homeownership Rates = Higher Voting Rates

Today is Election Day for national and local primaries. With the general elections fast approaching this November, what might turnout look like across our local DC neighborhoods? Not spectacular, if the last local election is any indicator. Citywide, 38% of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2014 general elections (not a presidential election year). Higher voter turnout tends to...

Three Things Great Data Storytellers Do Differently

Ever since the DC KIDS COUNTS DATA TOOL premiered, DC Action knew the potential of this project was only just beginning to be realized. There are many important indicators of DC children’s well-being we still want to visualize, and data updates we want to make as DC’s neighborhoods continuously grow and change. The field of data visualization (aka storytelling) is...

Summer Vacation: A Break from School Shouldn't Mean a Break from Learning

For students in DC, and across the country, the warmer weather and longer days of June mean one thing: the countdown to summer break is almost over. While long summer vacations have been a ritual for American students for generations, the months away from school can also lead to significant losses in academic abilities, especially for lower-income students. From the...

Home Visiting: An Effective Strategy for Improving Outcomes for Children and Families

By simultaneously addressing the needs of both the infant and the mother, we can have a greater impact on children so that they can thrive. In an excellent article in the Huffington Post, Jonathan Cohn beautifully lays out the data and history of home visitation as a key intervention in tackling poverty for children and their families. We are huge...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017, Department of Human Services

Yesterday we submitted written testifimony to the FY17 Budget Hearing for the Department of Human Services. We discuss the state of TANF reform in the District and importance of building data capacity to support service provision and case management. You may find our full remarks below. Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Deputy Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal...

Agency Budget Hearing, Fiscal Year 2017, Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Today we testified during the FY17 Budget Hearing for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on the importance of supporting early literacy and affordable, quality child care in the District. We also dicuss the role data infrastructure development can play in improving child well-being. Read our full remarks below. Testimony of HyeSook Chung, Deputy Director DC Action for...

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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!