Moving Up Is A Steep Climb

Parents’ Work and Children’s Welfare in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jobs Initiative

Posted April 20, 2002
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Researchers spent 18 months following families to better understand how parental employment intersects with child well-being. Their study focused on 10 low-income families from two Jobs Initiative sites — Seattle and Milwaukee. The goal? Learn how workforce development impacts a parent’s job mobility and if this mobility — or lack thereof — affects their kids.

Launched in 1995, Casey’s Jobs Initiative aimed to connect inner-city adults to family-supporting jobs and improve the way urban labor markets worked for low-income, low-skilled workers. The eight-year initiative was active in six cities across the country.

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Key Takeaway

In helping low-income parents become financially secure, one thing is clear: It takes time

This study found that Jobs Initiative parents still weren’t earning family-supporting incomes after three years of hard, steady work. Equally important: Their kids needed a similar amount of time to overcome existing academic, family and financial challenges.