Little Residents, Big Issues

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...

BUILDing Support Structures for Children and Families in DC

Over the last several weeks, NPR has been publishing a series of pieces related to child care, spotlighting topics such as provider compensation and the cost of quality programs. In one of their featured articles , NPR spoke with Susan Hibbard, director of the BUILD Initiative . Whether you knew it or not, DC (along with 9 other states) is...

Disaggregating Data by Race: Context Matters

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s conference for KIDS COUNT grantees on Race Equity and Inclusion in San Antonio, Texas. As inspiring as it was challenging, the conference exposed me to diverse perspectives and experiences of thought leaders, organizers and advocates from across the country. It is by no accident that I labeled...