Effective Systems

Mother’s Education and Children’s Outcomes: How Dual-Generation Programs Offer Increased Opportunities for America’s Children

https://www.fcd-us.org/mothers-education-and-childrens-outcomes-how-dual-generation-programs-offer-increased-opportunities-for-americas-children/

Mother’s Education and Children’s Outcomes: How Dual-Generation Programs Offer Increased Opportunities for America’s Children is the second in a series of the Foundation for Child Development’s Disparities Among America’s Children reports.

It offers the first-ever analysis of economic, education, and health indicators for children whose mothers have not graduated from high school, compared to children whose mothers have higher levels of education.

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One in every eight children in the U.S. lives with a mother who has not graduated from high school. These children experience especially large disparities compared to children whose mothers have a bachelor degree. Key findings include the following:

Disparities separating children whose  

(1)   mothers had not graduated from high school, compared to those whose

(2)   mothers had a bachelor degree

were, respectively:

  • 53 vs. 4 percent for the official federal poverty rate
  • 84 vs. 13 percent for the low-income rate (family income below twice the official federal poverty threshold)
  • $25,000 vs. $106,500 for median family income
  • 16 vs. 49 percent for reading proficiently (at grade level) in Eighth Grade
  • 16 vs. 52 percent for proficiency in mathematics (at grade level) in Eighth Grade

The enormous disparities in well-being identified point toward the value and need for comprehensive Dual-Generation strategies that offer high-quality PreK-3rd education for children, effective job training for parents that leads directly to well-paid work, and additional public services — such as health, nutrition, food, and housing — which enable low-income families to overcome barriers to success.

Mother’s Education and Children’s Outcomes identifies federal, state, and local policy solutions to reduce these disparities.