• The DC Department of Health provided data on deaths due to pregnancy complications as well as on infant mortality, first trimester prenatal care, and teen births.
  • The percentage of DC births covered by Medicaid pulls from this DC count of births covered by Medicaid divided by this CDC count of total births.
  • The home visiting capacity number pulls from the DC Home Visiting Council’s 2020 Annual Report.
  • Vaccine coverage rates are also reported in the Kids Count data portal, which pulls from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention annual report on Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten.
  • WIC enrollment by race data pull from at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program – WIC Table I – Composition of Racial Participant Enrollment and Table III – Composition of Ethnic Participant Enrollment.
  • WIC coverage rates pull from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National- and State-Level Estimates of WIC Eligibility and WIC Program Reach in 2017 and the 2012 version of the same report.
  • Data on the number of licensed infant/toddler care slots and on subsidy enrollment comes from OSSE’s Performance Oversight Responses for FY2019 and FY2020. Infant/toddler population estimates pull from ACS table B09001.
  • The statement that “DC’s early care and education sector only reaches roughly half of families who would benefit from the child care subsidy program” is based on an analysis of this information. It assumes that a similar percentage of infants and toddlers as 0-4 year-olds will be eligible for a subsidy as exists in the population, so multiplies the provided estimate for the number of children 0-4 eligible for a subsidy by the fraction of 0-4 year-olds who are under three years of age.
  • Data on the number of children under age 3 pull from ACS table B09001 (2019 5-year averages).
  • Data on the rate of Children under 5 in poverty overall and by race are from ACS tables B17001A-I (the 2019 5-year average)
  • The average wage of infant/toddler care workers pulls from federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
  • Pre-Kindergarten enrollment by sector and year, and by race, pull from OSSE’s 2018 annual report (the most recent published). Pre-Kindergarten enrollment by ward (also in the Kids Count Data Center) pulls from OSSE’s responses to Performance Oversight questions; we used 2018-19 numbers rather than 2019-20 numbers because OSSE said charter school pre-K enrolment data were not provided to them in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Pre-K 3 vs. Pre-K 4 numbers pull from OSSE’s October Audited Enrollment Report (also in the Kids Count Data Center).

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