Three panelists spoke on the topic of poverty and parenting young children. Ariel Kalil provided an overview of gaps by family income in child development outcomes, arguing that parenting is a major factor in this gap, and describing some “low-cost, light-touch” interventions that hold promise for strengthening the parenting skills of the disadvantaged. Lawrence Berger presented findings from a study looking at whether increasing income through the Earned Income Tax Credit reduces the incidence of child maltreatment among low-income unmarried families. The study found that increased income was associated with decreases in child neglect and child protective services involvement for this group, particularly for single-mother families. Helena Duch presented evidence from two programs for low-income families designed to promote school readiness through parental engagement, concluding that higher engagement is associated with improvements in some school-readiness measures, and that some simple interventions show potential for increasing the level of parental engagement. This set of articles summarizes their presentations.
- The role of parenting in the intergenerational transmission of poverty, by Ariel Kalil
- Does increased income reduce child maltreatment? by Lawrence M. Berger
- Promoting school readiness through parental engagement, by Helena Duch
Child Development & Well-Being, Child Maltreatment & Child Welfare System, Child Poverty, Children, Early Childhood Care & Education, Economic Support, Education & Training, Family & Partnering, Inequality & Mobility, Intergenerational Poverty, Parenting, Social Insurance Programs, Transition to Adulthood