Little Citizens, Big Issues

DC: Home to more than 110,000 children, not just the Capitol!

Over the last month, DC has been in the national spotlight – a new President is in the White House, consistent protests are taking place at the Capitol, uncertainty looms for many federal agencies and, most recently, uproar surrounds many Cabinet nominations. In a time of spotlight and commotion, it’s all the more important to step back and refocus. DC...

How many DC children live in poverty in your neighborhood?

How are children in DC faring? How many children live in Petworth? What's the median income in Deanwood? How many children under 5 live in the Edgewood cluster? You've got questions, our Data Tool has answers. Here at DC Action, we are committed to tracking the most up-to-date indicators that shed light onto the well-being of children and families who...

Huge Win for DC Children and Families

Washington, DC – December 21, 2016 – Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed DC Action’s executive director, HyeSook Chung, as the new Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services on Monday, December 19, 2016. The board of directors commends Chung for her leadership and contributions over the past seven years. During Chung’s tenure she created innovative partnerships and built DC Action’s reputation...

A Diversifying DC: Highlights from the Latest ACS Census Data

Yesterday the Census Bureau released its latest five-year block of data and, as DC Action has previously identified, the District’s resident profile is changing. We’re not only becoming a more densely populated city, but our city is also diversifying. As an organization that focuses on the well-being of its youngest citizens, we’re excited to see that children are becoming a...
DC children in poverty

Invest in the Future of DC Children

Dear Friend of DC Action for Children: As a parent, I am heartbroken because far too many children in DC will struggle this holiday season. Our innovative DC KIDS COUNT Data Tool and the KIDS COUNT Data Center paint a stark picture of how many children live in poverty across the District: 40 % of DC children ’s parents lack...

With Heartfelt Thanks

With the giving season quickly approaching, the entire DC Action team is taking a moment to reflect on 2016 and share our gratitude for our supporting partners. We are thankful for YOU, our donors, who invest in our work and believe in the future and prosperity of DC and our children. Without you and your generous support, we wouldn’t be...

What Are We Thankful For?

As the holidays near, we come together to reflect on what we have to be thankful for. Thinking about DC children, here are our TOP 10 things that we at DC Action are especially grateful for: We’re thankful that… 1. 118,000 children under 18 call DC home. 2. Many district agencies are working together to support early care and education...

Why is Finding Quality Early Care and Education so Challenging for so many Families with Young Children?

Listening to the excellent NPR series on child care has brought the struggle that many DC parents face to manage the steep cost of child care to the forefront of my mind. A new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that nearly one-third of parents paying for early care...

November Newsletter: Our Road Ahead

A Note from the Executive Director: Now that the results of the 2016 presidential election are in, it’s clear that the work of DC Action for Children will be even more important as the nation moves forward in new and uncharted territory. Positive outcomes for DC children and their families are dependent on our continued commitment to improving their lives...

Refreshing a Home Visiting Council in DC: Some Initial Lessons Learned

The DC Home Visiting (HV) Council recently held its first retreat, meant to refresh and restart the HV Council. Think of this retreat as a concentrated strategic planning day led by a national advocate for applying home visiting as a family support strategy, Jason Sabo of Frontera Strategies . Jason gave members of the HV Council perspective on how our...