• The percentage of DC children covered by Medicaid or Healthy Families pulls from a DC Department of Health Care Finance presentation.
  • Child enrollment in Medicaid and the percent of the child population covered by DC Medicaid (excluding DC Healthy Families enrollees) pull from The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families’ Snapshot of Children with Medicaid by Race and Ethnicity, 2018.
  • Child enrollment in DC Healthy Families data points pull from the DC Department of Health Care Finance Monthly Medicaid and Alliance Enrollment Reports. The numbers for a given month vary from one report to the next so the most recent reports available for each month were used (the October 2020 report for the February 2020 data point, and the June 2016 report for the February 2015 data point).
  • Data points on consistency of health insurance coverage and preventative care visits use 2018 National Survey of Child Health data. The “previous” data point pulls from 2016 NSCH data at the same site. This survey uses a fairly small sample size and has a fairly large margin of error. While for Black and white
    children rates are comparable in 2018 data and 2017/2018 two-year data, for Latinx children only 6% had periods of noncoverage if looking at the two-year value, versus the 10% single-year figure.
  • All data points about rates of suicide attempts pull from Youth Risk Behavior Survey results.
  • 2018 SNAP child enrollment and data on the race of the head of household in families receiving SNAP are from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households report.
  • Information about the number of grocery stores per ward pulls from DC Food Policy publications .
  • Information on police stops and searches of minors pull from ACLU-DC’s brief on Racial Disparities in Stops by the DC Metropolitan Police Department: Review of Five Months of Data.
  • The data points on school-based arrests use DC School Report Card data. While nominally this source should cover all DC public schools, both traditional and charter, only DCPS data were included in the report for this measure because there appear to be some issues with the school-based arrest data. When looking at the LEA level, the vast majority of arrests seem to occur in DCPS, with only a handful at 3 charters and none at most charters. While this is possible, it seems improbable, suggesting a data issue. In addition, when looking at the school level data, the numbers differ from the totals in the LEA and DC-wide data (while the LEA tab suggests that 3 charter LEAs have 4 arrests each, the school tab lists each of those three as only having 2 arrests each).
  • Most COVID-19 measures (cases by age, cases by race, and deaths by race) pull from the DC Government’s official COVID-19 data website.

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DC Kids Count is powered by DC Action and provides the best available data to measure and track the well-being of our District’s children and young adults. Research for DC Kids Count is funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The findings and conclusions presented are those of DC Action’s alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.