January 20, 2021
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DC KIDS COUNT Data Tools 2.0 would not have been possible without the contributions of the following data super heroes: Nick McClellan, data ambassador and project manager; George Albamonte, Jay Borthen, Emily Chow, Niem Huynh, Josh De La Rosa, Alastair Dant, Charles Gutrie, Akil Harris, Jason Hoekstra, Solomon Kahn, Ben Klemens, Jaeah J. Lee, Thu Nguyen, Max Richman, Jon Roberts, Aaron Schumacher, Margo Smith, Joshua Tokle, and Monique Williams. They put in their own time after work and on weekends to collect, analyze, aggregate and visualize the data over a 15-month period. They are indeed Friends of DC Action!!!

The joint project would not have been accomplished without our partners at DataKind, especially Jake Porway, Pete Darche and Shubha Bala. They connected us to an amazing DataCorp team – our data heroes!

Many, many thanks to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, especially the KIDS COUNT staff (Dennis Campa, Jann Jackson, Flo Gutierrez, Jessica Donalson and Laura Speer), for their relentless and enthusiastic support throughout this long journey and at times non-traditional approach to the KIDS COUNT work.

We also owe a debt of gratitude to many knowledgeable DC government data experts who provided public data to us, as well as guidance about data and how to interpret it.

Office of Planning: Chris David
DC Public Charter School Board: Ashok Oli
DC Public Schools: Kelly Linker
Department of Environment: Harrison Netwon and Adam Allston
Department of Health: Autum Saxton-Rose and LaVerne Jones
Department of Health Care Finance: Valentine Breitbarth, Benjamin Finder and Colleen Sonosky
Department of Behavioral Health: Barbara Parks
Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Hannah Page and Jeff Noel

We are grateful for the invaluable advice and guidance from our KIDS COUNT Advisory Committee: Emily Chow of The Washington Post, Richard Flintrop of the Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative Council, Lori Jackson of The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, Chaya Merrill of Children’s National Medical Center, Oramenta Newsome of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Jeff Noel of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Kathy Patterson of The PEW Charitable Trusts, Olga Acosta Price of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools and George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services, Jake Porway of DataKind and Jenny Reed of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute.

Last, but most certainly, not least, the staff of DC Action for Children (current and past), all of whom participated in the conceptualizing and executing this work, including data collection, analysis, research and writing: HyeSook Chung, Gwen Rubinstein, Bonnie O’Keefe and Jyothis Sreekumar.