Data to be thankful for
As the holidays near, we all reflect upon what we have to be thankful for. Across the District, children and their families are grateful that in DC:
• 98% of children have health insurance, one of the highest rates in the nation.
• Infant mortality rate is at a historic low in DC at 8 deaths for every 1,000 live births.
• Pre-K is getting results- when they reach third grade, children who attended Pre-K are scoring higher on standardized tests.
Unfortunately, there are still many children and families across the District that may not get to sit down for a holiday feast this year. Nearly 25% of DC children are living in households that were food insecure at some point during the year.
Did you know that there is only 1 grocery store in all of Ward 8? Whereas in Ward 3 there are 10? And not surprisingly, more children in Ward 8 neighborhoods go to bed hungry every night. However, it is not just Ward 8 neighborhoods that lack access to healthy food. Across the city, about 35,000 (35%) of DC children live in neighborhoods without a grocery store.
As the year draws to a close, many of us turn our attention to making year-end donations to the organizations and issues that are closest to our hearts. We hope that the children in need- who may live right down the street from you- are at or near the top of your list as you make your charitable donations for 2012.
Please click here to make a gift today and JOIN US in our efforts of making DC a happy, healthy and safe place for ALL DC children. We’re leading the way by using an innovative neighborhood-based approach and producing data in a format that is easy to understand to improve outcomes for all children in DC.
No gift is too small, and we sincerely appreciate any contribution you can afford.
With a grateful heart,
HyeSook Chung and the entire DC Action team