Early Childhood

August 17th, 2022
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  • The DC Department of Health provided data on infant mortality, first trimester prenatal care, and teen births. These measures, by ward and by race, are saved at the Kids Count Data Center.
  • The number of deaths due to pregnancy/birth complications pulled from https://ocme.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ocme/agency_content/Maternal%20Mortality%20Review%20Committee%20Annual%20Report_Finalv2.pdf.
  • The percentage of DC births covered by Medicaid pulls from this DC count of births covered by Medicaid divided by this CDC count of total births.
  • The home visiting capacity number pulls from the DC Home Visiting Council’s 2023 Annual Report.
  • Vaccine coverage rates are also reported in the Kids Count data portal, which pulls from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention annual report on Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten.
  • WIC enrollment by race data pull from at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program – WIC Table I – Composition of Racial Participant Enrollment and Table III – Composition of Ethnic Participant Enrollment.
  • WIC coverage rates pull from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National- and State-Level Estimates of WIC Eligibility and WIC Program Reach in 2019 and older versions of the same report.
  • The statements that there are only enough ECE seats for 41% of infants/toddlers, and that shortages are biggest in areas with the most Black families, comes from https://bainumfdn.org/assessing-child-care-access-in-dc.
  • Data on the number of licensed infant/toddler care slots and on subsidy enrollment comes from OSSE’s Performance Oversight Responses as recorded in the Kids Count Data Center. Infant/toddler population estimates pull from ACS table B09001. The estimate of the population of infants and toddlers potentially eligible for subsidy comes from ACS 2022 1-year estimate microdata (using the AGEP variable to select for infants and toddlers, the POVPIP variable to select for incomes less than or equal to 300% FPL, the RC variable set to yes, and the geography set to DC).
  • Data on the number of children under age 3 pull from ACS table B09001 (2018-22 5-year averages).
  • Data on the rate of Children under 5 in poverty overall and by race are from ACS tables B17001A-I (the 2018-22 5-year averages)
  • The average wage of infant/toddler care workers pulls from federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
  • Pre-Kindergarten enrollment by sector and year, and by race, pull from OSSE’s 2022 annual report and prior years of their annual report. Pre-Kindergarten enrollment by ward (also in the Kids Count Data Center) pulls from OSSE’s responses to Performance Oversight questions. Pre-K 3 vs. Pre-K 4 numbers pull from OSSE’s October Audited Enrollment Report (also in the Kids Count Data Center).
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DC Kids Count is powered by DC Action and provides the best available data to measure and track the well-being of our District’s children and young adults. Research for DC Kids Count is funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The findings and conclusions presented are those of DC Action’s alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.