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Children who live in nurturing families and are part of supportive communities have better social-emotional and learning outcomes. Parents struggling with financial hardship have fewer resources to invest in children and are more prone to stress and depression, which can interfere with effective parenting. These findings underscore the importance of two-generation strategies that strengthen families by mitigating their underlying economic distress, while addressing the well-being of children. Where families live also matters. When communities have strong institutions and the resources to provide safety, good schools and quality support services, families and their children are more likely to thrive.

- Indiana Youth Institute

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Economic and Emotional Resources


Children growing up in single-parent families typically have access to fewer economic and emotional resources than children in two-parent families. In 2015, 35 percent of single-parent families had incomes below the poverty line, compared with 8 percent of married couples with children.58 They also have poorer health and educational outcomes and are more likely to drop out of school, to have or cause a teen pregnancy and to experience a divorce in adulthood. Nearly one in four of the 24.4 million children living with an unmarried parent in 2015 was living with cohabiting domestic partners, compared with only 16 percent in 1990.

Two-thirds (66 percent) of African American children, more than half (52 percent) of American Indian children, 42 percent of Latino and 41 percent of multiracial children lived in single-parent families in 2015. By comparison, 25 percent of non-Hispanic white children and 16 percent of Asian and Pacific Islander children lived in single-parent households.

One-third (33 percent) of Latino children lived in households headed by someone without a high school diploma. That is more than two and a half times the rate 44 2017 KIDS COUNT DATA BOOK for African-American children (12 percent) and five and a half times the rate for non Hispanic white children (6 percent).

-Kids Count Data

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Networks and Job Opportunites


Concentrated poverty puts whole neighborhoods at risk. Residents of high-poverty neighborhoods face worse health outcomes, higher rates of crime and violence, poor-performing schools and limited access to networks and job opportunities. They also experience higher levels of financial insecurity. These barriers make it much harder for families to move up the economic ladder.62 Concentrated neighborhood poverty negatively affects all children living in the area — not only poor children, but also those who are economically better off. High-poverty areas are defined here as census tracts where the poverty rates for the total population are 30 percent or more. 

African-American (32 percent), American Indian (31 percent) and Latino (23 percent) children were much more likely to live in high-poverty areas than their multiracial (12 percent), Asian and Pacific Islander (7 percent) and non-Hispanic white (5 percent) counterparts.

- Kids Count Data