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.

Urge Your Councilmembers

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
  • Testimony of Audrey Kasselman, Policy Analyst, before the Committee on Housing

    April 9, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Councilmember White, members of the Committee on Housing, and staff, thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony. My name is Audrey Kasselman and I am a resident of Ward 1. I am the E...

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  • Testimony of Travis Ballie, Under 3 DC Organizing Director, before the Committee on Business and Economic Development

    April 8, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Good morning Chairperson McDuffie, councilmembers, and staff of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. My name is Travis Ballie, and I am the Organizing Director at DC Action. I am her...

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  • Testimony of Joanna Blotner, Director of Government Affairs, before the Committee on Business and Economic Development

    April 8, 2024
    Budget and Legislative Advocacy Early Childhood

    Good morning Chairperson McDuffie, councilmembers, and staff of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. My name is Joanna Blotner, and I am the Director of Government Affairs at DC Acti...

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