Supporting Working Parents = Supporting Stronger Families

Posted November 1, 2016, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

In 2015, 65% of children under age 6 lived in families where all available parents were working. Among this same age group, 9% of kids had no parents working.

At the state level, this statistic varied from a high of 76% in South Dakota to a low of 52% in Utah.

In today’s economy, achieving financial stability often requires all available parents to work. To this end, we must ensure that child care is affordable and that parents can earn family supporting wages. Another requirement: paid leave, so that parents can care for themselves and their loved ones when they fall ill.

Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center for more economic data at the state and national level:

Unemployed teens age 16 to 19
Teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working
Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force
Children under age 6 with no parent in the labor force
Median family income among households with children
Children in families that receive public assistance
Percent of eligible population that participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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