Saturday, August 15, 2015

DC worst in nation for kids per WalletHub report

DC ranks 51st overall, 51st in "Early Foundations & Economic Well-Being", 43rd in "Health," and 51st in "Education" according to the WalletHub's report 2015's Best and Worst States for Underprivileged Children.

None of this is surprising.   And while the report does not offer policy and practice fixes, WalletHub does include the section "Ask the Experts."   Advocates and policymakers can use the experts' answers to three questions to make improvements in DC.   The questions are:

  1. Does being raised in poverty have lasting consequences for children in adulthood?
  2. Are elected officials placing a sufficiently high priority on the needs of underprivileged children? What can they do to improve the welfare of children in poverty?
  3. How can families and communities mitigate the negative effects of poverty on children?

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