After three decades of partnership, the people of Wellington Park trust Horton's Kids, so when in-person programming was suspended, no one considered closing the doors. The families here (average annual income under $10,000) are among the most adversely affected by a public health crisis. School closings meant the loss of nourishing food and left children at risk of falling further behind in their studies. An emergency food pantry (and supplies) helped meet basic needs, while case managers and therapists offered families advice about receiving aid checks, filing for unemployment, and getting access to medical care. Trained staff and volunteers connected with children virtually, providing coaching and motivation to complete schoolwork. Hopeful about the ability to reopen in person, Horton's Kids will resume its tutoring, mentoring, and post-secondary success work, serving 500 children (and their families) and being the lifeline they deserve.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 8; Wellington Park

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: KIPP DC; Excel Academy PCS; Imagine Southeast PCS; Richard Wright PCS; Democracy Prep; Thurgood Marshall Academy


  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   500
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   500
  • Percent of youth on track to high school graduation:   90
  • Percent of children who improved their literacy skills last year:   94
  • Number of meals served annually:   35,000

Awards & Recognition

"Best Nonprofit" in the Washington City Paper Best of DC Readers Poll - 2012 & 2013
The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management - 2011

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Horton's Kids is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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