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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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Agency Budget Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2019, Child and Family Services Agency

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2019 Child & Family Services Agency Before the Committee on Human Services Council of the District of Columbia April 18, 2018 Good morning, Councilmember Nadeau and members of the Committee on Human Services. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...

Agency Budget Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2019, Department of Health, Perinatal and School Health

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Budget Hearing Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia April 9, 2018 Good morning, Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as it reviews the proposed Fiscal...

Agency Budget Oversight Hearing, Fiscal Year 2019, Department of Health, Home Visiting

Testimony of Ruqiyyah Abu-Anbar, Early Childhood Policy Fellow DC Action for Children Agency Budget Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia April 9, 2018 Good afternoon, Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as it reviews the...

The FY19 Budget is out! What's in it for kids?

Dear Friend, Today, the Mayor Bowser released her proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. Our team eagerly awaits this day every year with one central question in mind: what’s in it for kids? The budget outlines her plans for residents in the District—large investments and new funding describe her priorities. Over the next few days, we will scour the budget...

Testimony, OSSE Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2017-2018

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 27, 2018 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...

Testimony, DHCF Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2017-2018

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Department of Health Care Finance Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia March 8, 2017 Good morning Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Please accept my written testimony as it reviews the performance of the...

Testimony, DOH Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2017-2018

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Department of Health Before the Committee on Health Council of the District of Columbia February 12, 2018 Good afternoon, Councilmember Gray and members of the Committee on Health. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as it reviews the Department...

The status quo isn't working for #DCKIDS

Letter from the Executive Director Dear Friend, Today kicks off the first day of the Performance Oversight and Budget Season at the Wilson Building. Over the next four months, DC Action will testify at both agency performance oversight and budget hearings in order to ensure that the interests of all DC children and their families are 1) heard, 2) prioritized...

Serving Students Means Promoting Attendance Supports, Not Absenteeism Penalties

When it comes to attendance, every day counts: regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways we can set students up for success in school and in life.[1] If you follow local DC news, you’ve likely heard discussion of attendance and related community and government officials concerns about the chronic absenteeism of DCPS’ graduating seniors. Though the spotlight...

Testimony at the Public Hearing on the Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Public Hearing on B22-0594 - Student Fair Access to School Act of 2017 Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia January 30, 2018 DC Action for Children (DC Action) is pleased to provide written testimony in support of proposed legislation, B22-0594 the Student Fair Access...

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