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DC Kids Count created a library of all our content including key findings, reports, data snapshots, commentary, and real stories. Consider this your one-stop-shop to resources on child and young adult well-being in the District including all our helpful links to Stay Informed and Make a Difference. Review our References by measure to learn more about the data we use.
- Early Childhood
- Economic Justice
- Health & Safety
- Impacts of COVID-19
- Race & Equity
- Real Stories
- Voting & Democracy
Effects of COVID-19 Exacerbate Inequalities and Amplify the District’s Fragmented Response to Serving Residents
By Rachel Metz | While confirmed COVID-19 cases among children are less common than among adults, hundreds of children and youth have still contracted the disease. ...
DC Kids Count 2021: Speaking Truth About Racism, Changing Policies that Racism Feeds
By Kimberly Perry | Within every ward the median income for white families is higher than the median income for Black families, and poverty is higher for Black residents than for white residents....
DC May Not be a State (Yet), But Our Democracy Is Getting More Inclusive
By Matthew Hanson | The right to choose our elected officials and participate in policy making debates and decisions is fundamental to achieving so many of the other outcomes that we are working towards. ...
Student Growth and Achievement Happens during Out-of-School Time
Student growth and achievement happens beyond the traditional school day. The time that youth spend during out-of-school time (OST) is important to their overall healthy development....
DC Child Care Sector on the Verge of Collapse without Significant Support
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the District, child care/early learning programs were already stretched thin. There weren’t enough slots for all the infants and toddlers who needed them....
Looming COVID Housing Crisis Threatens Health and Safety of DC Families
Nearly 1 in 5 families with children living in the District of Columbia are worried about paying their rent or making their next mortgage payment, according to Kids, Families and COVID-19: Pandemic Pain Points and the Urgent Need to Respond....
Higher Achievement Centers OST Programs Steadfastly Support DC Students Throughout Pandemic
By Thalia Theodore Washington | Higher Achievement has served middle school students in DC for 45 years as an afterschool academic enrichment and mentoring program....
Key Economic Justice Measures of Child and Young Adult Well-Being
This 2020 DC Kids Count report explores many economic justice measures of child and youth well-being, in three areas: poverty, employment and housing security....
DC Kids Count 2020: The Statistics Are Undeniable Affirmations of the Failure of “Color-Blind” Policies
By Kimberly Perry | We know the District’s young people can accomplish anything when given a fair chance. And we also know how much stands in their way—particularly those most affected by poverty and racism....
Key Education Measures of Child and Young Adult Well-Being
This 2020 DC Kids Count report explores many education measures of child and youth well-being, in four areas: early care and education, public school enrollment, educational outcomes, and school environment....
Key Health & Safety Measures of Child and Young Adult Well-Being
This 2020 DC Kids Count report explores many health and safety measures of child and youth well-being, in five areas: birth outcomes, access to insurance and care, adolescent health, nutrition, and policing....
DC Kids Count 2020 Data Book: Key Measures of Child and Young Adult Well-Being
Children and young adults need a lot of support—from family, community, and school—to thrive. This DC Kids Count report explores many measures of child and youth well-being in economic justice, health and safety, and education....
Under 3 DC 2020 Impact Report: Equity Must Start at Birth
In its inaugural year, the Under 3 DC coalition of parents, early childhood educators, community-based organizations, business owners, and health professionals worked together to reverse the mayor’s budget cuts to child care....
DC Youth Census Ambassador Internship Partnership
DC Action partnered with Black Swan Academy and Mikva Challenge DC during August to sponsor census internships for District youth to conduct text-banking and outreach in their communities....
Too Many Gaps in Grocery Access Exist in Wards 7 and 8 Where Many Children Live
Wards 7 and 8 have only four grocery stores between them (up from three in 2018), meaning that each grocery store serves tens of thousands of people. This is double any other ward of the District....
Mary’s Center Home Visiting Program
By Luis Chavez | I’m a Parent Resource Worker at Mary’s Centers home visiting program where we provide materials and developmental support to new and expecting moms in the District....
DC American Academy Pediatrics Chapter Breast-Feeding Support
By Michal Young, MD | A significant racial disparity exists among the certified lactation consultants for the District. We’re working with the Department of Health to increase the number of racial and ethnic minorities to better mirror our population....
Child Care Provider Creates Brightwood Babies and Mamas to Help Families Navigate the Pandemic
By Rosa Peleaz | I am a registered family child care provider in Ward 4. When COVID-19 hit, I was immediately out of work and have been for over two months....
DC Can’t Have Economic Recovery without Child Care Investments
Investments in early learning are clearly a necessity for reopening the District and supporting long-term economic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed and compounded existing issues of access, quality, equity, and funding....
DC Making Strides in Keeping Children in Foster Care Connected to Families
Children in the District of Columbia’s foster care system are increasingly likely to live in families according to the Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in Placement of Young People in Foster Care in the United States....
- Afterschool Alliance: DC Fact Sheet
- Annie E. Casey: 2019 Kids Count Data Book – DC Profile (English)
- Annie E. Casey: 2019 Kids Count Data Book – National Report
- Annie E. Casey: 2020 Kids Count Data Book – DC Profile (English)
- Annie E. Casey: 2020 Kids Count Data Book – DC Profile (Spanish)
- Annie E. Casey: 2020 Kids Count Data Book – National Report
- Black Swan Academy: 2021 Black Youth Agenda
- Blog: OST Coalition Meets with The District’s Top Education Leaders
- DC Board of Elections
- DC Council: Meet the Councilmembers
- DC Council: Watch a DC Council Hearing Live
- DC Food Policy Council
- DC FY 2021 Budget Toolkit
- DC General Election 2020 – Certified Results
- DC School Finance Primer: Investing in Our Kids
- PAVE: Parent Priorities for Education
- Policy Snapshot: DC Out-of-School Time Coalition
- Policy Snapshot: Housing Insecurity – An Eviction Pandemic
- Policy Snapshot: Immigrant Children’s Program and DC Health Care Alliance
- Policy Snapshot: Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Policy Snapshot: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Policy Snapshot: Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
- Report: Behavioral Health in the District of Columbia for Children, Youth & Families: Understanding the Current System
- Report: DC Home Visiting Council 2020 Annual Report
- Report: The Status of DC Child Care during COVID-19
- Report: Under 3 DC 2020 Impact Report
- Study Brief: DC Can’t Have Economic Recovery Without Child Care Investments
- Testimony: Children’s Services Coordination for DC Children Experiencing Homelessness
- Testimony: DC Family Strengthening Home Visiting Programs
- Testimony: DC Health-Funded Home Visiting Programs
- Testimony: DC Out of School Time Programming
- Testimony: DC’s Youth Homelessness System
- Testimony: Early Education is Needed and Undervalued
- Testimony: Educational Needs of Young People as the Public Health Emergency Continues
- Testimony: OST Programs Even More Vital Since the Pandemic Hit
- Testimony: Safe Return to DC Public Schools
- Testimony: Work Being Done to End DC Youth Homelessness
- Under 3 DC: Child Care Subsidies Fact Sheet
- What’s in the DC FY 2021 Approved Budget for Early Childhood Development
- What’s in the DC FY 2021 Approved Budget for PreK-12 Education
- What’s in the DC FY 2021 Police and Public Safety Budget