Two Out of Every Five DC Children Live in Families Where Parents Lack Secure Employment

More than a quarter of DC kids live in poverty, D.C. shows gains in health and education according to 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Forty percent of children who call the District of Columbia home live in families where their parents lack secure, full-time, year-round employment, according to the 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In order to reach their full potential, it is crucial that all D.C. children live in economically secure families. However, economic stability is not a reality for many children in the District: more than half of D.C. children live in single-parent families and 26 percent of DC children live in poverty— a percentage that has not seen positive improvement over the past six years.


The 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book focuses on key trends in child well-being measured in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the persistent reality that many children today are growing up without foundations from which they can succeed.


“The KIDS COUNT report reflects that too many children in the District are growing up in conditions that do not support their ability to succeed in school and in life,” said HyeSook Chung, executive director of DC Action for Children. “As we have seen first-hand with the District’s huge strides in establishing a universal Pre-K program and securing access to health care coverage, we know that when District leaders work together to align resources that prioritize the well-being of children, we can make a vast difference. All of us need to work smarter to ensure that all of our children and their families can thrive.”