A November 2005 report issued by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) notes that “the number of children in low-income families with working parents is increasing, but low wages and lack of benefits continue to limit progress toward economic self-sufficiency.”
Among other findings,
Most children in low-income families have parents who are employed full-time and year-round.
Most low-income parents who did not work at all last year were either disabled or taking care of their families.
Low-income parents who work are more likely to be employed in service occupations.
Another recent NCCP report, “Pathways to Early School Success: Helping the Most Vulnerable Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families,” highlights ten important strategies that communities can use to create positive outcomes for low-income families.
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