ERIC Number: ED413104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Well-Being of Children in Working Poor Families: Report of a Meeting. Working Paper Series.
Smith, Sheila, Ed.
The number of children in working poor families is expected to increase as a result of welfare reform. This report summarizes the discussion of scholars, policy experts, and leaders of the Foundation for Child Development regarding research and policy on children in families headed by adults working in low-wage jobs. Key findings regarding children in these families include: (1) although some government benefits have lifted some children out of poverty, decreases in wages and benefits have contributed to increases in the number of poor families; (2) there is little information on characteristics of working poor families and their children and no widely accepted definition of this type of poverty; (3) there is little research documenting the well-being of these children; (4) some research has shown negative effects of low-wage, low complexity jobs or non-standard work hours on home environments; (5) most children receive child care in informal settings or in centers with lower quality than those used by very poor or affluent families; (6) there have been increases in Medicaid coverage, declines in employer health care coverage, and increases in the number of uninsured children; (7) research is needed on factors affecting fluctuations in poor families' economic circumstances and the impact of different packages of supports on families; and (8) data sets are available that could be used to provide information on their well-being. (Two appendices contain the meeting agenda, participants, and data on number of children in working poor families. Contains 34 references.) (LPP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.