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Family and Community

Children grow up in, and their families live in, neighborhoods. The characteristics of those neighborhoods deeply affect all aspects of children’s lives — how they live, learn and play. Some DC neighborhoods have many assets that enrich children’s lives.

Others, however, are characterized by concentrated poverty, which creates (and continues) many challenges for children and families living in them, including poor performing schools, higher levels of violent crime and less access to healthy food, libraries and parks and recreation centers.

These neighborhood-based differences drive inequity in opportunity for our city’s children and are beyond the power of individual children and families to change. They are a product of and perpetuate a long and regrettable history of racial discrimination and segregation that was institutional and created and enforced over centuries by laws and practices whose effects we still feel today.

Ward Snapshots 2014

DC KIDS COUNTs 2014 Ward Snapshots include updated data from the U.S. Census, and several DC agencies on children's health, education and well-being in each of DC's eight Wards. In our DC KIDS COUNT Data Tool 2.0, you can explore neighborhood-level data interactively. But, politically, DC is organized by its eight Wards, so Ward-level data and advocacy can be especially important. Ward-level data give us a clearer picture of children's well-being than District-wide averages, which often do not capture disparate outcomes and assets for children. Read a memo explaining the snapshots and see each snapshot below.  

> Read The Snapshot

2012 e-Databook Resources

> Read The Snapshot

Ward Snapshots 2012

Despite overall economic gains over the past ten years, too many children have been left behind. Median family income is up 12 percent, but the city’s child poverty rate has barely changed. In 2010, 30 percent of the city’s children were living in families with income at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line ($22,000 for a family of four), compared to 32 percent in 2000.Follow the links below for ward-level specific data.

> Read The Snapshot

Blogs and Testimony

A Washington Post...

Thousands of children each year receive services from the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). When child abuse or neglect is reported,...

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...

Research and Resources

Where children live in the District of Columbia has a large effect on how...  

Our brief outlines key demographic trends in the District from the 2010...