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Mission Statement

DC ACT's mission is to improve conditions for children, youth and their families in the District.


DC Action for Children (DC ACT) is an independent, non-profit, multi-issue advocacy organization dedicated to improving conditions for children, youth and their families in the District of Columbia. DC ACT is guided by its vision that each child in DC should be afforded the opportunity to reach their potential. DC ACT's mission and vision are supported by four broad strategies:

  • Informing citizens, public officials and service providers about the issues that improve the lives of children and youth
  • Holding the government accountable and promoting public policies that improve the lives of children and youth
  • Mobilizing an informed, city-wide constituency for children
  • Empowering families and neighborhoods to advocate for children

DC ACT focuses on public policies in five areas of child and youth well-being and government accountability. Our current work focuses on early care and education, child welfare, child and maternal health and positive youth development. Staff members also are involved with the District's budget. DC ACT staff members rely on the wealth of advocacy and policy resources in the city to take action on, as needed, policies in the areas of homelessness, recreation, mental health, juvenile justice and welfare.

DC Action for Children is governed by a Board of Directors that provides overall responsibility for policy and management. DC ACT's programs and activities are implemented by a professional staff of six full-time employees including the Executive Director, Deputy Director/Public Policy, Deputy Director for Communications and Development, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Public Policy Analyst and Administrative Coordinator. Consultants, interns and volunteers assist the staff when necessary.



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