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 8 Snapshot

Population: 85,564
12% of DC Total

Registered to Vote (Jan 2021): 62,222
12% of DC Total

Councilmember: Trayon White, Sr.

SBOE Representative: Carlene Reid

Poverty Rate: 30%

Median Income for Families with Children: $35,907

Public School Students Staying in Home Ward (SY2021-22): 58%

Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2021): 1,701
14% of DC Total

Demographics

To understand what it looks like to grow up in Ward 8 we start with Demographics.

Population by Age
0
Children Under 1820% of DC Total

The population of children is growing slower (+3%) than DC as a whole.
DC +9%

The population of young adults is declining faster (-24%) than DC as a whole.
DC -10%

4,393

Under 3

8,314

Under 5

25,442

Under 18

8,348

Ages 18–24

Children Under 3

Child Population by Race
86%

Black

DC 55%

4%

White

DC 22%

6%

Latinx

DC 17%


Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty
42%

Black

DC 36%

8%

White

DC 1%

13%

Latinx

DC 14%

Employment

Unemployment Rates

Median Family Income

0
Summer Youth Employment Program 2020 Participation (Applied and Were Eligible)
30% of DC Total
Housing Insecurity
0%
Households with High Housing Cost BurdenDC 35%

Homeless Students

SY18-29 30% of DC Total; SY20-21 24% of DC Total


Education

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

Public School Student Enrollment
97%

Black Students
Black Teachers 73%

0%

White Students
White Teachers 14%

2%

Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 3%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average

Teachers New to the Profession: 16% (2020-21)

Learn24 OST Program Seats: 25% (2018-19)

DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 24% (2018-19)

Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average

Commute Length: 3 Miles (2021-22)

DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 601 (2020-21)

DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 112 (2018-19)

AB/IB Participation: 35% (2020-21)

School Suspensions: 27% (2018-19)

School Arrests: 42% of DCPS Arrests (2018-19)

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

Black Students Math Proficiency: 17% (2018-19)

Lower Rates than Overall DC Average

Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 19% (2018-19)

All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 20% (2018-19)

Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 21% (2018-19)

Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 27% (2018-19)

All Students Math Proficiency: 17% (2018-19)

Passing AB/IB Exams: 5% (2020-21)

High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 64% (2020-21)

Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 48% (2020-21)


Early Childhood

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

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

10

Infant Mortality in a Single Year
25% of DC Total

0
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
44% 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
22% of DC Total
Poverty Under 5
42%

Black

DC 36%

0

White

DC <1%

8%

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)
35% of DC Total

80,552

Population Per Grocery Store
9,606 DC

In the year prior to COVID-19, 120 children entered foster care which is 31% of the District total. The number declined to 61 in fiscal year 2020 and up to 87 in FY2021.

Adolescent Well-Being

30

Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
27% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 24% of DC arrests of minors were in Police District 7 (roughly this ward), which is higher than the 22% of DC youth. This over-representation changed during the pandemic (see below).

18.1%

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
91%

Black

DC 50%

5%

White

DC 31%

2%

Latinx

DC 6%

Voter Turnout

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