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.
We've been spending some time reminding our readers of theDC KIDS COUNT Ward Snapshotswe released in March. Here are our Top 10 facts about the well-being of children in all eight DC Wards we thought you might find interesting:
The American Dream – the idea that anyone who is determined and works hard can get ahead – has long defined the promise of living in the U.S. Yet the reality is that “economic success” for so many Americans is determined to a significant degree by the wealth of their parents. The American Dream that hard work will lead to greater opportunity and a steady climb up the economic ladder is increasingly challenging to achieve, particularly for struggling low-income families and their children.