ERIC Number: ED461684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Bright Futures or Broken Dreams: The Status of the Children of the District of Columbia and an Investment Agenda for the 1990s.
Allen, MaryLee; Ebb, Nancy; Johnson, Olati; Liu, Joe; Mihaly, Lisa; Wolfe, Phyllis
Multiple sources were used to study the status of children in the District of Columbia, and recommendations for the improvement of their living conditions and opportunities are made based on these findings. The health and well-being of children in the U.S. capital lag behind the rest of the nation. One in 3 children in the District of Columbia lives in poverty, a rate 40% higher than the national average. The mortality rate for black infants places the District last among states and last among the nation's largest cities with measurable black infant death rates. More than 25 children a day are reported abused or neglected, and more than 5,000 juveniles were arrested in 1990. Every night, 1,300 children sleep in shelters across the city. Conditions have been worsening, and District officials have failed to use all available federal assistance to meet the needs of children and families. Recommendations for improvement of children's status are made in the areas of: (1) maternal and child health; (2) housing and homelessness; (3) the child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems that can help vulnerable children; (4) family income; and (5) city management and budget practices. Suggestions are made for community action to help children, including the establishment of tutoring and mentoring programs. Civic and social, religious, and business organizations can all help, and all citizens must feel an obligation to place children higher on the political agenda. Appendices present information about District officials, volunteer opportunities, organizations that can help the District's children, and a list of 15 selected resources. (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Homeless People, Low Income Groups, Needs Assessment, Private Sector, Social Services, Status, Urban Youth, Volunteers
Children's Defense Fund, 122 C Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001 ($12.95). Tel: 202-628-8787.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Washington, DC.; Public Welfare Foundation, Washington, DC.; Charles H. Revson Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia