DC Action’s DC KIDS COUNT project is based on the idea that the neighborhoods where children live, play and grow deeply affect their futures. We believe in a vision of DC where children in need receive quality services to support their development and ensure they thrive. We do this by tracking key outcomes for children and families, which shed light on the assets and challenges for children in DC, and show how far we have yet to go.
In DC, there are many services available to young children from low-income families. These services come from government programs, early care and education providers, community-based organizations, and medical providers. But, often families don’t know where to turn when they need help, and different groups serving children operate in silos, missing opportunities to collaborate. Imagine a DC where families go to one place for referrals to the right service providers, and where these providers share data and collaborate to streamline services for families.