Living with parents who do not have secure employment negatively impacts children's development in several ways. This brief outlines eight broad strategies for increasing the job stability of families to help improve children's healthy development.
Children's Healthy Futures Depend On Parents With Stable Employment
Findings & Stats
Nearly 1/3 of children live in a household where no parent has a full-time, stable job.
High School Dropouts
In 2009, the unemployment rate for those without a high school diploma was 15.5%, compared to the overall unemployment rate of 9.5%.
Low-Income Working Families
In 2007, nearly 20% of working households with children had incomes at or below twice the federal poverty level.
Statements & Quotations
When parents have secure employment and earn enough to meet their families’ basic needs, children benefit in many ways. They are more likely to have decent and stable housing, good nutrition and adequate health care. Secure employment supports healthy development in other ways as well. It can alleviate parental stress, prevent depression and improve family functioning, thus creating a more positive home setting for children.
Basic workplace skills are important, but not sufficient. Relatively few adult education and job training programs are equipped to provide job seekers—particularly those with limited basic skills—with the full spectrum of competencies required for success in today’s workplaces.
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