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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 4 Snapshot

Population: 89,992
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: $134,720

Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2018-19): 62%

Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2020): 1,654
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 18
16% of DC Total

The population of children is roughly the same (+14%) than DC as a whole.
DC +15%

The population of young adults is declining faster (-25%) than DC as a whole.
DC -10%

4,239

Under 3

7,161

Under 5

19,638

Under 18

4,499

Ages 18–24

Children Under 3

Child Population by Race
39%

Black

DC 56%

21%

White

DC 22%

32%

Latinx

DC 17%


Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty
11%

Black

DC 37%

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 36%

Homeless Students

SY18-29 11% of DC Total; SY19-20 13% 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 46%

12%

White Students
White Teachers 34%

41%

Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 10%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average

Teachers New to the Profession: 8%

Commute Length: 1.1 Miles

DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 260

DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 144

School Suspensions: 10%

School Arrests: 6% of DCPS Arrests

DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 23%

Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average

AB/IB Participation: 51%

Learn24 OST Program Seats: 13%

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: 37%

All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 41%

Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 36%

Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 48%

All Students Math Proficiency: 32%

Black Students Math Proficiency: 26%

Passing AB/IB Exams: 39%

Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 59%

Lower Rates than Overall DC Average

High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 64%


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
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
14% of DC Total
Poverty Under 5
14%

Black

DC 39%

<1%

White

DC <1%

13%

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)
11% of DC Total

8,999

Population Per Grocery Store
9,489 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.

Adolescent Well-Being

24

Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
10% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 12% of DC youth arrests were in Police District 4 (roughly this ward), which is lower than the 17% of DC youth.

10%

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)
12% of DC Total

Eligible Voters by Age

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

Black

DC 50%

20%

White

DC 31%

10%

Latinx

DC 6%

Voter Turnout

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