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Let’s work together to break down structural barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential.

We're making the District of Columbia a place where all kids grow up safe, resilient, powerful and heard.

DC Action uses research, data, and a racial equity lens to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns bring the power of young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.

DC Action is the home of DC Kids Count, Under 3 DC, DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, the DC Home Visiting Council and the Youth Economic Justice and Housing Coalition.

Latest News
DC OST Coalition Moves District Toward Equitable Insurance Requirements for Afterschool & Summer Programs
Thu, 01/26/2023 - 21:08

The DC Out-of-School Time (OST) Coalition is making progress in its advocacy to achieve equitable insurance requirements for publicly funded afterschool and summer programs. In a meeting last week, DC officials agreed to reassess the current “one-size-fits-all” policy in favor of a model that requires insurance levels that fit each organization’s needs, effectively reversing a policy change made under prior leadership of the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office).

The DC Out-of-School Time (OST) Coalition is making progress in its advocacy to achieve equitable insurance requirements for publicly funded afterschool and summer programs. In a meeting last week, DC officials agreed to reassess the current “one-size-fits-all” policy in favor of a model that requires insurance levels that fit each organization’s needs, effectively reversing a policy change made under prior leadership of the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office).

DC Action Welcomes Sierra Wallace, New Under 3 DC Communications Manager
Mon, 01/23/2023 - 22:48
Over-Policing Black Children and Youth Won’t Solve Violence
Wed, 01/18/2023 - 19:22

Families across the District are reeling and demanding answers after the murder of 13-year-old Karon Blake by a still unnamed resident on the morning of January 7. The police have been slow to release details, but we know that the man allegedly confronted Karon, accused him of breaking into cars, and shot him after an altercation. It should not have to be said, but a child's life is infinitely more valuable than any amount of property, and Karon, his family, and our communities deserve justice.

Families across the District are reeling and demanding answers after the murder of 13-year-old Karon Blake by a still unnamed resident on the morning of January 7. The police have been slow to release details, but we know that the man allegedly confronted Karon, accused him of breaking into cars, and shot him after an altercation. It should not have to be said, but a child's life is infinitely more valuable than any amount of property, and Karon, his family, and our communities deserve justice.

Digital Storyteller Nada Blassy Joins DC Action Staff
Mon, 01/09/2023 - 16:59

We are excited to announce that Nada Blassy joined the DC Action staff just after New Year's Day. As the digital storyteller, Nada will manage our digital presence and that of DC Action-led coalitions and campaigns.

We are excited to announce that Nada Blassy joined the DC Action staff just after New Year's Day. As the digital storyteller, Nada will manage our digital presence and that of DC Action-led coalitions and campaigns.

THE UPDATE | January 5
Thu, 01/05/2023 - 23:31
DC Action Statement on Creating the Nation's Best Out-of-School-Time Sector
Thu, 01/05/2023 - 16:02
Look at the energy we ALL put into our advocacy this year!
Mon, 01/02/2023 - 02:04
Calling on the DC Council to Hold Out-of-School-Time Roundtable to Strengthen Opportunities, Eliminate Obstacles
Fri, 12/09/2022 - 17:44
Young People and Allies Talk Workforce Innovations and Mental Health with DC Council
Thu, 11/17/2022 - 21:51
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