The Data Book draws from numerous sources to focus on key trends in the post-recession years. It measures child well-being in four domains: economic security, education, health, and family and community.
Signaling that existing federally-funded resources and systems are benefitting DC children, KIDS COUNT data highlight numerous upward trends in child well-being:
- The percentage of DC children living in poverty decreased by 13 percent between 2010 and 2016.
- After spiking to 50,000 in 2015, the number of DC children living in families where no parent had full-time, year-round employment dropped by 18 percent between 2010 and 2016.
- Between 2010 and 2016, the teen birth rate in the District dropped 47 percent.
However, KIDS COUNT data also highlight persistent disparities in opportunity and well-being for DC children and families, disparities that could intensify if inaccurate census data reduces essential resources for communities in the District:
- 27 percent of DC children live in high-poverty areas. Second only to Puerto Rico, this is the highest rate in the country.
- 10.1 percent of babies born in DC are born at low-birth weights, the fifth-highest percentage in the nation.
- 71 percent of DC fourth-graders scored below proficient reading level, and 79 percent of eighth-graders in DC lacked proficiency in math, far below the national average for these indicators.