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Ruhm, Christopher J. – Future of Children, 2011
The struggle to balance work responsibilities with family obligations may be most difficult for working parents of the youngest children, those five and under. Any policy changes designed to ease the difficulties for these families are likely to be controversial, requiring a careful effort to weigh both the costs and benefits of possible…
Descriptors: Mothers, Early Childhood Education, Federal Programs, Young Children
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Earle, Alison; Mokomane, Zitha; Heymann, Jody – Future of Children, 2011
The United States does not guarantee families a wide range of supportive workplace policies such as paid maternity and paternity leave or paid leave to care for sick children. Proposals to provide such benefits are invariably met with the complaint that the costs would reduce employment and undermine the international competitiveness of American…
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, Public Policy, Foreign Countries, Leaves of Absence
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Currie, Janet – Future of Children, 2005
The author documents pervasive racial disparities in the health of American children and analyzes how and how much those disparities contribute to racial gaps in school readiness. She explores a broad sample of health problems common to U.S. children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma, and lead poisoning, as well as maternal…
Descriptors: African American Children, Behavior Problems, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education
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Carasso, Adam; Steuerle, C. Eugene – Future of Children, 2005
Over the past seventy years Congress has enacted dozens of tax and transfer programs, giving little if any attention to the marriage subsidies and penalties that they inadvertently impose. Although the programs affect both rich and poor Americans, the penalties fall most heavily on low- or moderate-income households with children. In this article,…
Descriptors: Transfer Programs, Tax Rates, Income, Family (Sociological Unit)