Supporting Working Parents = Supporting Stronger Families

Posted November 1, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog supportingworkingparents 2016

In 2015, 65% of chil­dren under age 6 lived in fam­i­lies where all avail­able par­ents were work­ing. Among this same age group, 9% of kids had no par­ents working.

At the state lev­el, this sta­tis­tic var­ied from a high of 76% in South Dako­ta to a low of 52% in Utah.

In today’s econ­o­my, achiev­ing finan­cial sta­bil­i­ty often requires all avail­able par­ents to work. To this end, we must ensure that child care is afford­able and that par­ents can earn fam­i­ly sup­port­ing wages. Anoth­er require­ment: paid leave, so that par­ents can care for them­selves and their loved ones when they fall ill.

Vis­it the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter for more eco­nom­ic data at the state and nation­al level:

Unem­ployed teens age 16 to 19
Teens ages 16 to 19 not attend­ing school and not working
Chil­dren under age 6 with all avail­able par­ents in the labor force
Chil­dren under age 6 with no par­ent in the labor force
Medi­an fam­i­ly income among house­holds with children
Chil­dren in fam­i­lies that receive pub­lic assistance
Per­cent of eli­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion that par­tic­i­pates in the Sup­ple­men­tal Nutri­tion Assis­tance Program

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