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Mayor Bowser has slashed funding for child care in her proposed budget, which would be devastating for educators, families and the District’s economic recovery. We can’t let this happen and only the DC Council has the power to stop it.

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Under 3 DC: The High Cost of Unaffordable Child Care

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In 2023, we made incredible progress in expanding our team’s capacity and advancing and defending the policies and programs that serve our children, young people, and their families.

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We're making the District of Columbia a place where all kids grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard. We use 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 together the power of young people and residents to raise their voices and create change.

DC Kids Count

DC KIDS COUNT

Children and youth need a lot of support from family, community, and school to thrive and succeed. Our KIDS COUNT report explores more than 60 measures of child and young adult well-being, helping us to identify and remove obstacles that are preventing DC's children from succeeding.
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Publications

Our archive includes a variety of publications showcasing important research, policies, and advocacy efforts impacting outcomes for children, youth, and families in the District of Columbia.
  • What the FY25 Budget Means for Children, Youth, and Families

    June 13, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood Education Health and Safety Youth Economic Justice

    This week the DC Council voted to approve a budget for FY25 that is in much better shape than the proposal they received from Mayor Bowser.  After the public outcry in response to Bowser’s propo...

    View What the FY25 Budget Means for Children, Youth, and Families
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  • New KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows District’s Successes and Shortcomings in Supporting Child and Youth Well-Being

    June 10, 2024
    Early Childhood Education Health and Safety Youth Economic Justice

    According to the 2024 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the District of Columbia does an impressive job of ensuring that our children have access to health in...

    View New KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows District’s Successes and Shortcomings in Supporting Child and Youth Well-Being
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  • Testimony of Audrey Kasselman, Policy Analyst, before the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education

    June 4, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony. My name is Audrey Kasselman and I am a Ward 1 resident and a policy analyst with DC Action and the Under 3 DC Coalition. Under 3 is commit...

    View Testimony of Audrey Kasselman, Policy Analyst, before the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education
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    DC Action Statement on Passage of FY25 Budget

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  • Response to the DC Council’s Final Vote on Fiscal Year 2025 Budget featured image

    Response to the DC Council’s Final Vote on Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

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  • 44% of District of Columbia Students Chronically Absent,  More Than All But 2 States featured image

    44% of District of Columbia Students Chronically Absent, More Than All ...

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