Recently, I spent a few days with data do-gooders from across the country at the KIDS COUNT network data conference. It was amazing to be with so many child advocates discussing how to strengthen our collective work as a network. At a plenary session on the “War on Poverty,” I was shocked to discover how little has changed since the start of the national “War on Poverty” 50 years ago.
What we’re reading this week about children in DC and across the country
This weekend, the Advisory Committee on School Assignment led by the Deputy Mayor for Education released three draft proposals on what a revised school boundary and feeder system in DC could look like. (Washington Post)
Today in Washington, DC, two out of three children are black, and one out of nine children are Hispanic. Their success in life will shape the future of our city. But, key outcomes for children in health, education and economic prosperity are vastly divided by race and ethnicity.
This blog is by Jacquisha Cardwell. Jacquisha is a third-year law student at the Catholic University of America in DC, and will graduate in May with a JD and a certificate in Law and Public Policy. She is interning with DC Action for the remainder of the spring. Welcome, Jacquisha!
Early intervention is a “comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary system that provides early intervention therapeutic and other services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays and their families.” These services can put children with developmental delays on the path to better outcomes in multiple areas of their development, including school readiness, and decrease the need for special education intervention services later in life.
There’s a lot you can learn from the new DC KIDS COUNT Ward Snapshots- and here's a memo to help you get the most out of them. Here are just 10 facts about the well-being of children in all eight DC Wards we thought you might find interesting:
The 2014 Ward Snapshots provide us with updated numbers on child well-being indicators for DC and its eight Wards. It is encouraging to see that changes on most of the indicators are positive for DC children. But it is also debatable whether the changes observed are small given that the reported changes are over a timeline of ten or more years.