Early Childhood

Learning begins at birth and continues throughout the lifespan.

DC Action works to eliminate disparities and strengthen our early childhood system so it can support families with young children from birth through age 8. Through our initiatives, Under 3 DC and the DC Home Visiting Council, we empower families and communities to raise their voices to create change.

Get Involved

Join Under 3 DC

The Under 3 DC Coalition is based at DC Action and also led by an executive committee that includes the DC Early Learning Collaborative, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the Early Childhood Innovation Network, Jews United for Justice, and SPACEs in Action. 

The Coalition harnesses the voices and power of parents with young children, early educators, and community-based organizations to shine a spotlight on the need for more public investments in high-quality, equitable early care and education.

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Join the DC Home Visiting Council

The DC Home Visiting Council is made up of home visiting programs, local government agency representatives, early childhood advocates, managed care organizations, and community stakeholders.

Members of the Council work to strengthen the understanding, implementation, and sustainability of home visiting as a strategy to support positive child and family outcomes. 

​Since 2016, the Home Visiting Council has been chaired and staffed by DC Action.

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Make a Difference

Join us in building support for these critical investments.

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Urge your Councilmembers to support and fully fund these priorities.

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Get the Data

Our DC Kids Count initiative provides the best available District-level and ward-level data and key indicators of child and youth well-being to inspire innovative and equitable solutions.

View DC Kids Count – Early Childhood
  • What’s in the District’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget for Infants and Toddlers?

    July 2, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Last week, the DC Council voted on and passed the District of Columbia’s final fiscal year 2025 budget. The budget includes millions in funding for early childhood programs, including child care ...

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  • The District of Columbia’s Updated Child Care Plan: What You Need to Know

    June 28, 2024
    Early Childhood

    CCDF process and timeline Every three years, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) updates its child care policies and submits them to the federal government for approval. This...

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  • 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...

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