Kids Count

Why Kids Count in DC

When we think of the economic growth of our city -- we tend to neglect the value proposition of more children in DC. We would agrue DC has made significant strides toward becoming a child-friendly city (i.e. investments in K-12 education, robust eligibility for health insurance, universal preK) and we urge city leaders to continue to invest in children, especially...

Code for DC APP Simplifies the DME Boundary Review Policy Proposals

Dear Parents, Education Stakeholders and Advocates! We wanted to share that Code for DC released the Our DC Schools - http://www . ourdcschools.org/ application yesterday, to simplify the DME's student assignment and boundary review process. Families, advocates, anyone, can learn about the components of the 3 proposal examples drafted by the boundary review Advisory Committee, and also rate and comment...

Pediatricians can do more to spur healthy brain development

Editor’s Note: The American Academy of Pediatrics launched Healthy Child Care America in 1995, a project to promote quality early education and child care experiences for families and communities. Chapters across the country are launching early brain and child development programs. We invited Dr. Lee Beers from Children’s National Medical Center and a member of our D.C. KIDS COUNT advisory...

Middle schools and "exit rates"

We're still processing all the great information from yesterday's D.C. Council Roundtable on Middle Schools. HyeSook testified and we circulated drafts of our upcoming issue brief on middle school. Bill Turque at the Post quoted from our report in this blog post yesterday: " Can D.C. keep middle schoolers from 'teetering on the ninth-grade cliff ?" Thanks for the coverage,...

Middle schools are "the weakest link"

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has staked out middle school reform as his turf. Today he convened a "roundtable" style public hearing to learn more about what's going wrong in the middle grades -- 6, 7 and 8 -- and what can be done to turn them around. DC Action Executive Director HyeSook Chung testified that the middle grades are...

TANF anniversary brings more changes for struggling families

This week marks the 15th anniversary of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), a program that provides cash assistance and career development services to qualifying families with dependent children. In the District, more than 16,000 families received TANF benefits in 2010, and the number is already greater in 2011. Read more in our brand-new policy snapshot . TANF was supposed...

Changing definition of "household"

The Washington Post had an exellent story today about how more families in the region are living in extended-family households. Adult children are moving back in with their parents, grandparents are now living with grandchildren and more families are sharing housing with non-relatives. It's all another consequence of the weak economy and job market, as well as the continuing effect...

Test scores reflect deep disparities by ward

Last month, OSSE released the 2010-11 D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) aggregate results. Scores were reported for elementary and secondary schools (as a whole) in both reading and math. DC Action took a look at the results and our analysis is presented in this new data snapshot: D.C. Student Test Scores Show Uneven Progress. Our major takeaways are: Both...

A new community health center in Ward 4

One of the interesting findings in our recent Census issue brief was the expansion of the Hispanic community beyond its traditional core in Ward 1, where it actually decreased by 12%. In particular, Ward 4 has seen the largest influx in Hispanic residents over the past decade, with a 54% increase or 5,000 residents. Of course, the Census does not...