poverty

How many DC children live in poverty in your neighborhood?

How are children in DC faring? How many children live in Petworth? What's the median income in Deanwood? How many children under 5 live in the Edgewood cluster? You've got questions, our Data Tool has answers. Here at DC Action, we are committed to tracking the most up-to-date indicators that shed light onto the well-being of children and families who...

More worrying than the stock market

While the nose-diving stock market may be monopolizing headlines today, I urge you to focus on another set of numbers that has deep implications for us all. According new Census data released yesterday, child poverty continues to rise in the District. Nearly one-third, or 30.4 percent, of D.C. children live under the poverty line. That’s nearly 8 percentage points higher...

DC Public Schools fighting hunger in the classroom

Bill Turque has a great story in the Washington Post today about DC Public Schools' expanded efforts to fight childhood hunger and obesity, as new poverty numbers indicate that three in ten children in the District are living in poverty. Under the new program, nearly a quarter of all students in DC Public Schools -- an estimated 10,000 students --...

Study backs benefits of economic integration in schools

A new study released today presents evidence from Montgomery County that low-income children perform better when then attend schools in affluent neighborhoods. That may be obvious at first read, but the conventional wisdom in education reform over the past few decades has been to pump more funding, better teachers and more resources into schools in low-income areas to level the...

More U.S. children than ever before living in poverty

Yesterday the Census Bureau released new figures revealing deepening poverty across America. One in seven, or 44 million, Americans live in poverty, and the number of children living in poverty is at the highest point since the Census began tracking this data -- one in five children, or 15 million. In the District, the situation is even more dire for...

Why our work is even more urgent today

The Foundation for Child Development released its annual Child and Youth Well-Being Index today, revealing that the rate of children living in poverty across the country has hit 22%, its highest point in nearly two decades. It's hard to accept, though not so hard to believe given the Great Recession, that more children are living in poverty today than when...