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Haskins, Ron – Future of Children, 2015
The past four decades have seen a rapid decline in marriage rates and a rapid increase in nonmarital births. These changes have had at least three worrisome effects on children. Scholars disagree about the magnitude of these effects, but surveys and other research evidence appear to definitively establish that the nation has more poverty, more…
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Marriage, Trend Analysis, Public Policy
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Gundersen, Craig; Ziliak, James P. – Future of Children, 2014
In 2012, nearly 16 million U.S. children, or over one in five, lived in households that were food-insecure, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as "a household-level economic and social condition of limited access to food." Even when we control for the effects of other factors correlated with poverty, these children are more…
Descriptors: Food, Hunger, Child Welfare, Trend Analysis
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Kalil, Ariel; Ryan, Rebecca M. – Future of Children, 2010
Rising rates of nonmarital childbirth in the United States have resulted in a new family type, the fragile family. Such families, which include cohabiting couples as well as single mothers, experience significantly higher rates of poverty and material hardship than their married counterparts. Ariel Kalil and Rebecca Ryan summarize the economic…
Descriptors: Mothers, One Parent Family, Community Programs, Private Financial Support
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Duncan, Greg J.; Ludwig, Jens; Magnuson, Katherine A. – Future of Children, 2007
Greg Duncan, Jens Ludwig, and Katherine Magnuson explain how providing high-quality care to disadvantaged preschool children can help reduce poverty. In early childhood, they note, children's cognitive and socioemotional skills develop rapidly and are sensitive to "inputs" from parents, home learning environments, child care settings, and the…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Public Policy, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children
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Greenberg, Mark – Future of Children, 2007
In Mark Greenberg's view, a national child care strategy should pursue four goals. Every parent who needs child care to get or keep work should be able to afford care without having to leave children in unhealthy or dangerous environments; all families should be able to place their children in settings that foster education and healthy…
Descriptors: Poverty, Family Income, Tax Credits, Federal Government
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Magnuson, Katherine A.; Waldfogel, Jane – Future of Children, 2005
The authors examine black, white, and Hispanic children's differing experiences in early childhood care and education and explore links between these experiences and racial and ethnic gaps in school readiness. Children who attend center care or preschool programs enter school more ready to learn, but both the share of children enrolled in these…
Descriptors: African American Children, School Readiness, Learning Readiness, Poverty