Introducing DC KIDS COUNT’s New Ward Snapshots

DC Action’s DC KIDS COUNT project is based on the idea that the neighborhoods where children live, play and grow deeply affect their futures. We believe in a vision of DC where children in need receive quality services to support their development and ensure they thrive. We do this by tracking key outcomes for children and families, which shed light on the assets and challenges for children in DC, and show how far we have yet to go.  

While neighborhood-level analysis is central for us, and is the basis of the DC KIDS COUNT interactive e-databook, DC is politically organized around our eight wards. This means that advocating for policy change is often best accomplished at the ward-level. Our first Ward Snapshots, which we released early in 2012, have been enormously helpful data and advocacy tools for DC Action, community organizations, other advocates, and researchers. Two years later, with new data from DC agencies and other sources, we think it is time for an upgrade.

Click here to see our new Ward Snapshots!

Ward 1, Ward 2, Ward 3, Ward 4, Ward 5, Ward 6, Ward 7, Ward 8

The Ward Snapshots compare more recent data at the city and ward-level to data (mostly) from 2000. To help you understand how best to read and use the Ward Snapshots, see this one-page introduction: Snapshot Memo.

We already know that in DC, even as outcomes for children have improved slightly, far too many children are still living in poverty, in neighborhoods with very few assets to support their development. Families across DC are not benefitting equally from the economic gains our city has made in recent years, and the Ward Snapshots make this clear.

Leave a comment, and tell us what you learned about your ward from these new snapshots. What do you think DC should do to ensure every child in every ward has the resources and opportunities they need to thrive?

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