Family and Community

Social and physical environments deeply affect all aspects of children's lives -- how they live, learn and play. We work to ensure children and families across the Disctrict have access to supports and neighborhood assets, regardless of their zip codes. 

Our Priorities

To reach these goals, we are focused on advancing:

  • Family Support Programs
  • Paid Leave
  • Safety Net Programs

To learn more about family and community outcomes in DC, please visit KIDS COUNT Data Center.

To learn more about our work to promote critical neighborhood assets, please visit 10 for 10 Campaign.



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.


How do we know that evidence-based home visiting models are effective? This literature review gives an overview of the evidence supporting four major programs models in the areas of school readiness, child welfare, and child and maternal health.

How has TANF historically served DC children and families? What can we expect TANF reform in the DC to look like moving forward? We dive into these questions and more in our policy snapshot.


Do you know the birth, health and education trends for children in your ward? Learn more from the newest edition of DC KIDS COUNT’s Ward Snapshots.

More leave time saves lives and money.

Best practices for giving children in the child welfare system the best chance for success.


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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