Thursday, August 5, 2021

Play

Another state is gearing up to map out new congressional districts, and Nevada and California cope with massive wildfires.

Play

Capitol police officers who defended Congress on January 6 will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the Senate examines the threat of domestic terrorism, and a champion of worker's rights passes away.

Report: To Beat Poverty, Help CA Parents, Kids in Tandem

Play

Wednesday, November 12, 2014   

Young families have a better chance to break the cycle of poverty when there are better-coordinated efforts to help them succeed as a family unit, according to a new report.

The new Annie E. Casey Foundation report stresses the need for a "two-generation approach" to policies aimed at lower-income families with young children. In California, nearly half of kids under age 8 live in low-income households.

Patrice Cromwell, director of strategic initiatives for the Casey Foundation, said what's needed is to integrate job, education and parenting programs for adults with high-quality early learning for their kids, so the family benefits as a whole.

"It's not enough to invest in early childhood and parenting skills," she said. "We're encouraging states and local practitioners to look at both the parent and child needs together, to help parents bring up their children in a stable environment."

Jessica Midnick, director of research for Children Now, said the home-visiting programs being piloted across California are good examples of what works. Trained professionals check in with young parents, helping them gain skills in a number of areas.

"It is that two-generational approach, making sure that parents are receiving their education," she said. "A lot of times, there's a GED component to that. It also is focusing on parents' mental health and making sure that they have strong parenting skills."

Midnick said young families in past generations also struggled, but had the advantage of parents' paychecks that increased over time. Today, she noted, the combination of more single-parent households, stagnant wages, fewer benefits and high child-care costs have made it much tougher to climb out of poverty.

Cromwell pointed to a United Way-sponsored program in the Bay Area, where "Spark Action Centers" for parents are located in some public schools.

"A parent can come in, work on budgeting, improving their credit," she said, "so at the same time they're dropping their child off at school, they're working on ways to strengthen their overall financial stability."

Cromwell said programs and services for children or parents have the best intentions but often are fragmented. She said a more family-centered approach also helps parents set good examples for their children as they work to build a more stable household.

The report, "Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach," is online at AECF.org.


get more stories like this via email

In the United States, home-care workers, mostly women and people of color, earn on average only $12 an hour. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Advocates for people with disabilities in New York are pushing for the federal budget resolution to include $400 billion in Medicaid …


Environment

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Freshwater mussels are key to keeping the Chesapeake Bay watershed clean, and with more than half of all species now facing …

Social Issues

BUFFALO, Wyo. -- The doors of five historic community halls across Johnson and Sheridan counties were opened this past weekend for 15 people curious …


Over the past six decades, there has been a steady increase in the number of fires in the western United States, according to NASA. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Massive wildfires in the Western U.S. and Canada have triggered poor air quality in North Carolina over the past few weeks, and …

Environment

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Farmworkers are in Olympia today, calling for stronger protections from extreme heat. The farmworkers union Familias Unidas por la …

A video from July shows sockeye salmon with red lesions and fungus because of the Columbia River's hot water. (Conrad Gowell/Columbia Riverkeeper)

Environment

BOISE, Idaho -- Rallies are taking place across the Northwest to support salmon, which face dire conditions in the Columbia River Basin. Saturday…

Environment

IXONIA, Wis. -- The public comment period has ended, but opponents of proposed natural gas storage facilities in southeastern Wisconsin still hope to …

Environment

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvanians are growing worried about the environmental consequences of natural-gas drilling in the state, according to a new …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021