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.
In a our newest policy brief entitled, Attendance Counts from the Start, we describe one of the biggest challenges to closing the achievement gap—chronic absenteeism in early childhood years (or grades). We are thrilled to announce our newest campaign, the School Attendance Initiative, to promote awareness and call on leaders to take action on a serious epidemic affecting the city’s youngest residents.
Early intervention has a great return on investment socially and economically. It empowers parents by working with them in the primary learning environment, their home, and because so many DC children are born in poverty, they are at an especially high risk for developmental delays, which suggests that current ID rates may be missing many children.
Read highlights below and find our complete PDF version of our testimony here.
Given the most conversations regarding school boundaries and the value proposition over neighborhood-based schools. I thought it would be worthwhile to re-publish our blog highlighting our recommendation for neighborhood-level data!
For those who missed it the first time around.....it's your lucky day!
After completing my undergraduate degree, I worked with a youth development organization here in DC. I had the privilege of supporting teen women as they worked to improve their lives and strengthen their communities. These remarkable young women trained as health educators in order to promote healthy behaviors and decision-making skills amongst their peers. Although my role as a health educator required that I spend time training them as a supervisor, I will never forget the valuable lesson my team taught me as a peer.