One in six newborns were born poor over the past 40 years, and nearly half remained poor half their childhoods. These persistently poor children are nearly 90 percent more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school and are four times more likely to give birth outside of marriage during their teenage years. Children whose parents did not complete high school are less likely to complete high school themselves. This paper examines the magnitude of child poverty, family characteristics related to childhood poverty persistence, and childhood poverty's lasting…
Nearly half of children born to poor parents remained poor half their childhoods. Black children are especially disadvantaged: two-thirds of poor black newborns are persistently poor. Children who are poor early in life (age 0-2) are 30 percent less likely to complete high school than those first poor later in childhood, even after controlling for poverty duration and other factors. Reaching vulnerable children at birth is vital, as a childs early environment can affect brain development. This factsheet summarizes the report Child Poverty and Its Lasting Consequence". (Author abstract)
This publication offers information for parents and caregivers on adolescent cognitive development and offers tips for social service agents and parents on how to encourage healthy cognitive development.
This tip sheet outlines the usefulness of marriage and relationship education as a strategy for helping families, possibilities for integrating such efforts in Head Start settings, and best practices to consider when exploring partnerships between marriage and relationship education and Head Start. (Author abstract)
This fact sheet provides some tips on how to prepare children and the family as a whole for a new school year. Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet describes different types of family crises and offers tips for parents to make it through the stress of family crisis themselves and to assist children with any stress that they are experiencing as well.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet offers tips to divorcing or separating parents on how to support their children's well-being through the separation process.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet describes how children experience grief and offers tips for parents on helping their child and the rest of the family deal with loss and grief.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet provides information for parents on how to talk to their preteen or teen about sexuality, including understanding adolescent's concerns and how parents can help adolescents develop healthy sexuality.Note: PDF version available.
This fact sheet includes information on healthy teen physical development and what parents can do to encourage healthy development in their adolescent children.Note: PDF version available.