In February, President Obama announced the My Brother’s Keeper, an initative that combines the efforts of the government, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to work to close the achievement gap for boys and men of color.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book. DC followed many national trends, children and youth continued to experience setbacks in their economic well-being even while experiencing gains in other areas, such as health.
The DC KIDS COUNT data show a high level of poverty and need among DC’s children and youth, including
Selecting a child care program for young children can be a difficult process for families. The cost of child care continues to increase while subsidies to support access diminish; this creates substantial hardship for low-income families with small kids. Without access to child care, parents, especially single mothers, face additional challenges securing and maintaining employment and providing for their children.
Access to fresh and nutritious food is vital for a child’s healthy growth and development. However, rising costs of living make it difficult for low-income families to provide their children with the nutrition they need. As a result, many children do not receive three healthy meals a day which can negatively impact their ability to learn and play.