The data reveals hard truths
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child well-being in our

Ward Snapshots.

The DC Kids Count 2021 ward snapshots provide the best available ward-level data of child and young adult well-being by measuring and tracking the demographics, economic justice, education, early childhood, health and safety, and voting and democracy.

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Ward 3 Snapshot

Population: 82,737
12% of DC Total

Registered to Vote (Jan 2021): 59,796
11% of DC Total

Councilmember: Mary M. Cheh

SBOE Representative: Ruth Wattenberg

Poverty Rate: 8%

Median Income for Families with Children: $250,000+

Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2018-19): 85%

Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2020): 1,164
10% of DC Total

Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 3 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age
0
Children Under 18
11% of DC Total

The population of children is roughly the same (+16%) as DC as a whole.
DC +15%

The population of young adults is declining faster (-22%) than DC as a whole.
DC -10%

1,977

Under 3

4,107

Under 5

13,428

Under 18

8,562

Ages 18–24

Children Under 3

Child Population by Race
6%

Black

DC 56%

62%

White

DC 22%

17%

Latinx

DC 17%


Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty
15%

Black

DC 37%

1%

White

DC 1%

2%

Latinx

DC 14%

Employment

Median Family Income

*Black income N/A
**White income is $250K+

0
Summer Youth Employment Program 2020 Participation (Applied and Were Eligible)
1% of DC Total
Housing Insecurity
0%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 36%

Homeless Students

SY18-29 0% of DC Total; SY19-20 0% of DC Total


Education

All children can be lifted up to reach their full potential with Education.

Public School Student Enrollment
18%

Black Students
Black Teachers 23%

50%

White Students
White Teachers 55%

19%

Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 9%

*There are no Charter Schools in this ward.

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average

Teachers New to the Profession: 3%

Commute Length: 0.8 Miles

DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 423

DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 205

AB/IB Participation: 85%

School Suspensions: 3%

School Arrests: 1% of DCPS Arrests

Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average

Learn24 OST Program Seats: 1%

DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 0%

Educational Outcomes
0%
Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency
DC 33%
0%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 71%

Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average

Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 70%

All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 76%

Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 55%

Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 76%

All Students Math Proficiency: 64%

Black Students Math Proficiency: 34%

Passing AB/IB Exams: 61%

High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 87%

Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 79%

Lower Rates than Overall DC Average

N/A


Early Childhood

Equity for young people at every step starts from Early Childhood.

Birth Outcomes
0%
Prenatal Care in First Trimester
DC 66%

<5

Infant Mortality in a Single Year

0
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
Early Care & Education
0
Licensed Child Care Slots
10% of DC Total

Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot

0
Public Pre-K Enrollment
3% of DC Total
Poverty Under 5
<1%

Black

DC 39%

<1%

White

DC <1%

8%

Latinx

DC 12%


Health & Safety

Let’s break down the barriers that stand in the way of our kids’ Health & Safety.

Access to Nutrition & Basic Needs
0
SNAP Children Enrollment (2019)
1% of DC Total

5,304

Population Per Grocery Store
9,606 DC

In the year prior to COVID-19, 5 children entered foster care which is 1% of the District total. The number grew to 6 in fiscal year 2020.

Adolescent Well-Being

N/A

Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
DC 12%

In the year prior to COVID-19, 0% of DC youth arrests were in Police District 2 (which includes wards 2 and 3), which is much lower than the 14% of DC youth in the two wards. 

7.8%

High School Suicide Attempts
DC 14.9%


Voting & Democracy

To grow up resilient, powerful, and heard kids must be a priority in Voting & Democracy.

Voting Population
0
Registered Voters (Jan 2021)
11% of DC Total

Eligible Voters by Age

0%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters
Demographics of Registered Voters
4%

Black

DC 50%

66%

White

DC 31%

6%

Latinx

DC 6%

Voter Turnout

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