The 2023 National Kids Count Data Book

Our country’s lack of affordable and accessible child care short-changes, according to the 2023 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, significantly impacts parents’ ability to work. The crisis causes parents to frequently miss work or even quit their jobs, while those who can find care are paying dearly for it.

2023 Data Book

Amplifying Youth Voices

We are bringing the voices of the District's young people to the attention of city leaders and other decision makers, so youth can make a genuine impact on the policies that affect them every day.

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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.

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Dramatic Racial Disparities in Reading and Math Proficiency Demonstrate Urgent Need for Broad Policy Change
Wed, 09/20/2023 - 17:34
DC’s Young People Talk Candidly about Mental Health Challenges in New Video
Tue, 09/19/2023 - 21:17
The District’s Home Visiting Medicaid Reimbursement Legislation Could be a Gamechanger for Families
Tue, 08/29/2023 - 20:38
Pizzigati Summer Fellow Reflection: I will carry what I have learned...
Wed, 08/23/2023 - 17:08





DC Must Continue Tackling the Youth Mental Health Crisis
Mon, 08/21/2023 - 22:01
Despite DC Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Program Expansion, Two out of Three Students Still Lack Access
Fri, 06/30/2023 - 17:28
How Did Children and Youth Fare in the District’s 2024 Budget?
Tue, 06/27/2023 - 22:16
Minimum Wage Is Rising in the District, but So Is the Rent
Mon, 06/26/2023 - 21:42
District of Columbia Families Continue to Struggle With a Lack of Affordable Child Care and Related Employment Woes
Tue, 06/13/2023 - 18:47

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