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 5 Snapshot

Population: 90,172
14% of DC Total

Registered to Vote (Jan 2021): 71,786
14% of DC Total

Councilmember: Kenyan R. McDuffie

SBOE Representative: Zachary Parker

Poverty Rate: 16%

Median Income for Families with Children: $86,008

Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2018-19): 51%

Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2020): 1,227
11% of DC Total

Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 5 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age
0
Children Under 18
12% of DC Total

The population of children is growing slower (+6%) than DC as a whole.
DC +15%

The population of young adults is stable (0%) while it is declining in DC as a whole.
DC -10%

3,607

Under 3

5,477

Under 5

15,315

Under 18

9,642

Ages 18–24

Children Under 3

Child Population by Race
66%

Black

DC 56%

14%

White

DC 22%

18%

Latinx

DC 17%


Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty
23%

Black

DC 37%

3%

White

DC 1%

16%

Latinx

DC 14%

Employment

Unemployment Rates

Median Family Income

0
Summer Youth Employment Program 2020 Participation (Applied and Were Eligible)
15% of DC Total
Housing Insecurity
0%
Households with High Housing Cost Burden
DC 36%

Homeless Students

SY18-29 18% of DC Total; SY19-20 19% of DC Total


Education

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

Public School Student Enrollment
71%

Black Students
Black Teachers 48%

9%

White Students
White Teachers 26%

15%

Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 9%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average

DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 391

AB/IB Participation: 76%

School Suspensions: 17%

School Arrests: 10% of DCPS Arrests

DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 9%

Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average

Teachers New to the Profession: 10%

Commute Length: 1.7 Miles

DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 98

Learn24 OST Program Seats: 11%

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: 30%

Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 27%

Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 39%

Black Students Math Proficiency: 22%

High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 74%

Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 65%

Gap versus Overall DC Average

All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 31%

All Students Math Proficiency: 27%

Passing AB/IB Exams: 13%


Early Childhood

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

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

14

Infant Mortality in a Single Year
22% of DC Total

0
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
10% of DC Total
Early Care & Education
0
Licensed Child Care Slots
11% of DC Total

Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot

0
Public Pre-K Enrollment
19% of DC Total
Poverty Under 5
19%

Black

DC 39%

1%

White

DC <1%

22%

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)
13% of DC Total

10,019

Population Per Grocery Store
9,489 DC

In the year prior to COVID-19, 67 children entered foster care which is 17% of the District total. The number declined to 42 in fiscal year 2020.

Adolescent Well-Being

18

Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
12% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 14% of DC youth arrests were in Police District 5 (roughly this ward), which is consistent with the 14% of DC youth.

13.1%

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)
14% of DC Total

Eligible Voters by Age

0%
Share of DC’s Eligible Voters
Registered Voters
72%

Black

DC 50%

15%

White

DC 31%

5%

Latinx

DC 6%

Voter Turnout

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