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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 8 Snapshot

Population: 86,384
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: 33%

Median Income for Families with Children: $31,597

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

Licensed Infant/Toddler Care Seats (FY2020): 1,782
15% 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 18
21% of DC Total

The population of children is growing slower (+10%) than DC as a whole.
DC +15%

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

4,839

Under 3

8,875

Under 5

26,140

Under 18

9,072

Ages 18–24

Children Under 3

Child Population by Race
89%

Black

DC 56%

3%

White

DC 22%

7%

Latinx

DC 17%


Economic Justice

Powerful injustices must be met with equally powerful Economic Justice.

Child Poverty
45%

Black

DC 37%

9%

White

DC 1%

17%

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 Burden
DC 36%

Homeless Students

SY18-29 30% of DC Total; SY19-20 27% 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 70%

0%

White Students
White Teachers 15%

2%

Latinx Students
Latinx Teachers 2%

Educational Opportunities

Similar or More Opportunities to DC Average

Learn24 OST Program Seats: 25%

DCPS 21st Century OST Programs: 24%

Fewer Opportunities than Overall DC Average

Teachers New to the Profession: 10%

Commute Length: 1.8 Miles

DCPS Student-Counselor Ratio: 737

DCPS Student-Security Officer Ratio: 112

AB/IB Participation: 35%

School Suspensions: 27%

School Arrests: 42% of DCPS Arrests

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

Black Students Math Proficiency: 17%

Lower Rates than Overall DC Average

Third-Grade Language Arts Proficiency: 19%

All Students Language Arts Proficiency: 20%

Black Students Language Arts Proficiency: 21%

Third-Grade Math Proficiency: 27%

All Students Math Proficiency: 17%

Passing AB/IB Exams: 11%

High School 4-Year Graduation Rate: 59%

Post-Secondary Enrollment Rates: 49%


Early Childhood

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

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

28

Infant Mortality in a Single Year
44% of DC Total

0
Deaths Due to Pregnancy or Childbirth Over 5 Years
40% of DC Total
Early Care & Education
0
Licensed Child Care Slots
15% of DC Total

Infants & Toddlers for Every Licensed Child Care Slot

0
Public Pre-K Enrollment
22% of DC Total
Poverty Under 5
47%

Black

DC 39%

<1%

White

DC <1%

9%

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)
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.

Adolescent Well-Being

44

Teen Birth Rates (per 1000)
34% of DC Total

In the year prior to COVID-19, 24% of DC youth arrests were in Police District 7 (roughly this ward), which is higher than the 22% of DC youth.

18.1%

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)
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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