The data reveals hard truths
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child well-being in our

Ward Snapshots.

The DC Kids Count 2022 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 4 Snapshot

Population: 90,300
13% of DC Total

Registered to Vote (Jan 2021): 65,148
12% of DC Total

Councilmember: Janeese Lewis George

SBOE Representative: Frazier O’Leary

Poverty Rate: 10%

Median Income for Families with Children: $130,114

Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 61%

Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2021): 1,725
14% of DC Total

Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 4 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age
0
Children Under 1815% of DC Total

The population of children is growing slightly faster (+12%) than DC as a whole.
DC +9%

The population of young adults is declining faster (-15%) than DC as a whole.
DC -10%

3,574

Under 3

5,793

Under 5

19,354

Under 18

4,677

Ages 18–24

Children Under 3

Child Population by Race
39%

Black

DC 55%

20%

White

DC 22%

32%

Latinx

DC 17%


Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty
15%

Black

DC 36%

2%

White

DC 1%

14%

Latinx

DC 14%

Employment

Median Family Income

0
Summer Youth Employment Program 2020 Participation (Applied and Were Eligible)
11% of DC Total
Housing Insecurity
0%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 35%

Homeless Students

SY18-29 11% of DC Total; SY20-21 12% of DC Total


Education

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

Public School Student Enrollment
42%

Black Students
Black Teachers 38%

14%

White Students
White Teachers 35%

40%

Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 13%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average

Teachers New to the Profession: 15% (20-21)

Commute Length: 1.8 Miles (21-22)

DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 231 (20-21)

DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 144 (18-19)

School Suspensions: 10% (18-19)

School Arrests: 6% of DCPS Arrests (18-19)

DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 23% (18-19)

Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average

AB/IB Participation: 49% (20-21)

Learn24 OST Program Seats: 13% (18-19)

Educational Outcomes
0%
Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency
DC 33%
0%
High School 4-Year Graduation Rate
DC 73%

Higher or Similar Rates to DC Average

Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 37% (18-19)

All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 41% (18-19)

Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 36% (18-19)

Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 48% (18-19)

All Students Math Proficiency: 32% (18-19)

Black Students Math Proficiency: 26% (18-19)

Passing AB/IB Exams: 48% (class of 2020)

Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 57% (class of 2019)

Lower Rates than Overall DC Average

High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 68% (20-21)


Early Childhood

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

Birth Outcomes
0%
Prenatal Care in First Trimester
DC 69%

6

Infant Mortality in a Single Year
15% of DC Total

0
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
5% of DC Total
Early Care & Education
0
Licensed Child Care Slots
14% of DC Total

Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot

0
Public Pre-K Enrollment
15% of DC Total
Poverty Under 5
21%

Black

DC 36%

<1%

White

DC <1%

7%

Latinx

DC 14%


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)
11% of DC Total

7,878

Population Per Grocery Store
9,606 DC

In the year prior to COVID-19, 33 children entered foster care which is 9% of the District total. The number declined to 10 in fiscal year 2020 and increased to 11 in FY21.

Adolescent Well-Being

26

Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
16% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 12% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 4 (roughly this ward), which is lower than the 17% of DC teens living there. The pandemic didn’t change this under-representation (see below).

10%

High School Suicide Attempts
DC 14.9%

Policing of Children

Percentage in this Ward's Police District Compared to DC as a Whole


Voting & Democracy

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

Voting Population
0
Registered Voters (Jan 2021)
12% of DC Total

Eligible Voters by Age

0%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters
Demographics of Registered Voters
60%

Black

DC 50%

20%

White

DC 31%

10%

Latinx

DC 6%

Voter Turnout

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