Learning begins at a very young age and continues throughout the lifespan. We work to eliminate opportunity gaps and guarantee all students access high-quality programs and schools that meet their individual needs.

Our Priorities

To reach these goals, we are focused on advancing:

  • Early Care and Education
  • Early Literacy
  • Regular School Attendance
  • Special Education
  • 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

To learn more about education outcomes in DC, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.



There  are a  myriad of early learning programs and initiatives that support young children to thrive in the District. We've spotlighted a selection of these crucial programs below:



Washington, DC – April 18, 2017 – The new Ward Snapshots released today by DC Action for Children reveal growing prosperity throughout the District for a number of families, but not all. The data presented in these Snapshots share improvements while also highlighting resource disparities and barriers to opportunity that many DC children and their families continue to face.


Learn more about our systems-level evaluation.

A growing body of research indicates that achieving proficiency in reading by the end of third grade is one of the best predictors of later academic succcess.

Around the country, growing participation in early childhood education seems to be leaving Hispanic children behind; Hispanic children are considerably less likely to be enrolled in an early childhood program than their white or African-American peers.

With thousands of families living below the poverty line, affordable and quality child care is critical to ensure positive growth.

Chronic absenteeism increases achievement gaps because students from disadvantaged backgrounds with high absenteeism are more likely to fall behind academically.

Absenteesim is extremely high in DC public and charter schools: 1 in 5 DC students had more than ten unexcused absences last year.


Blogs and Testimony

Data Tools 2.0

Explore our interactive data tool and bring to life data on the well-being of children and families.

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