KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief: Increasing the Number of Children Whose Parents Have Stable Employment

Posted July 1, 2009
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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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.

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Children's Healthy Futures Depend On Parents With Stable Employment

Having parents with stable jobs contributes to healthy child development in numerous ways. Adequate housing, nutrition and healthcare, as well as reduced stress, increased access to social networks and other important resources that can help families thrive. Increasing the number of families with stable employment requires a mix of strategies that address barriers to employment, develop quality, well-paying jobs with paths to advancement and fully prepare people to enter and stay in the workforce.