Last week, the DC Council Committee on Education approved a bill that would allocate extra funds to schools based on the number of at-risk students enrolled. In the bill, at-risk includes children in foster care, children who are homeless, and children whose families qualify for food stamps (SNAP) or cash assistance (TANF). The bill will now head to the full Council for a vote tomorrow.
As a parent, I am simply heartbroken because far too many children in DC will struggle this holiday season. Our innovative DC KIDS COUNT neighborhood mapping showed very starkly how many children live in poverty:
As the population demographics in DC change rapidly, it is important to track how children in all wards are progressing. Right now, we are finishing updates to our DC KIDS COUNT Ward Snapshots with new data from city agencies and the 2007-2011 American Community Survey. As we reviewed these new data sets, we looked for striking changes in outcomes and population trends for children in DC.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, DC Action wanted to take a moment to look back on 2013 with a few reflections.
We are thankful for YOU, our donors who invest in our work and believe in the future and prosperity of DC and our children. Without you and your generous support, we wouldn’t be able to advocate for DC’s children who are most in need of quality education and health services.