Publications Our Research on the Greater DC region. Signature IssuesAdvancing racial equityBuilding strong, inclusive neighborhoodsCreating healthy and safe communitiesMeeting basic needsStrengthening public education and the labor force TopicsAdolescents and YouthAffordable housingAgingChildrenCrime and JusticeEconomic Growth and ProductivityEducation and TrainingFamiliesGender and SexualityHealth and Health PolicyHousing and Housing FinanceImmigrants and ImmigrationIncome and WealthJob Market and Labor ForceNeighborhoods and community-buildingNeighborhoods, Cities, and MetrosNonprofits and PhilanthropyPay for SuccessPoverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety NetRace and EthnicityTaxes and Budget Research Report Nontraditional-Hour Child Care in the District of Columbia February 11, 2019 Finding high-quality child care that aligns with parents’ work schedules can be a significant barrier to successful employment and children’s healthy development. Research Report Early Childhood Educator Compensation in the Washington Region April 12, 2018 This study examines the compensation of early childhood educators in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. It documents the low hourly wages of early childhood educators in center-based, family child care, and school settings. Fact Sheet Early Childhood Educator Compensation in the Washington Region: Highlights from a Research Report April 12, 2018 This fact sheet highlights findings from an Urban Institute study examining the compensation of early childhood educators in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Research Report Improving Prekindergarten Attendance: School-Level Strategies for Messaging, Engaging Parents, and Responding to Absences in Four DC Public Schools June 30, 2016 Absenteeism in prekindergarten has been linked to absenteeism and lower academic achievement in later grades. Brief Helping Children Succeed: Data and the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative December 7, 2015 Since 2008, NeighborhoodInfo DC, a program at the Urban Institute and a partner in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), has helped the District of Columbia Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) use data to support its cradle Brief Supporting Place-Based Initiatives: Data-Driven Promise in the District of Columbia December 7, 2015 NeighborhoodInfo DC supports the District of Columbia Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) and is a partner in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a peer-learning network operated by the Urban Institute. Research Report Insights into Absenteeism in DCPS Early Childhood Program January 25, 2015 Absenteeism in early grades, including prekindergarten, can negatively impact future attendance, retention, and academic performance. Research Report Absenteeism in DC Public Schools Early Education Program January 25, 2015 Enrollment in early childhood education programs can be an important stepping stone to higher educational achievement, particularly for low-income children. Research Report Close-Range Gunfire around DC Schools September 3, 2014 This report examines the incidence of gunfire as measured by gunshot detection technology using data from the 2011-2012 school year. It finds that a disproportionate volume of gunfire happened near a small share of DC schools. Research Report Making Sense of Childhood Asthma: Lessons for Building a Better System of Care April 16, 2014 This report highlights findings from a qualitative study about asthma care for low-income African American and Latino children ages 4-14 in Washington, DC, where nearly one in five children under age 18 has the condition. Brief Variation in 2010-11 Truancy Rates Among District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) High Schools and Middle Schools December 2, 2012 In the 2010-2011 school year, 2,500 high school students were chronically truant in District of Columbia Public Schools; at four schools over half of the students were chronically truant. Testimony Truancy Rates and Truancy Reduction in the District of Columbia November 7, 2012 High rates of truancy at some DC schools are receiving considerable attention. Brief Evaluation of the Pilot Program of the Truancy Case Management Partnership Initiative in the District of Columbia, 2011-12 October 25, 2012 This evaluation of the Case Management Partnership Initiative (CPMI) found that the program successfully linked high-need families with services designed to prevent truancy. Brief Evaluation of the Truancy Court Diversion Program in the District of Columbia, 2011-12 October 25, 2012 An evaluation of the Truancy Court Diversion Program (TCDP) found that despite significant implementation challenges, parent-child communication and youths' attitudes towards school both improved. Research Report Providing Maternity Care to the Underserved January 13, 2009 This comparative case study describes the organization, delivery, and content of care of three maternity care models serving low-income women at risk of poor birth outcomes in Wards 5, 6, and 7 in Washington D.C.