A new report released Wednesday, Nov. 12, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the need to take a family-centered, two-generation approach to lifting children out of poverty. In North Carolina, 50 percent of all families with young children are lowincome, which has the potential to undermine healthy child development and North Carolina’s economic prosperity.
The KIDS COUNT policy report, “Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach,” makes the case that public policymakers and the private sector must address the interrelated needs of parents and children to ensure their future success. According to the report, parents need tools and support to overcome obstacles like child care, housing, and, importantly, the stress of managing a family with insufficient resources.
“Children excel when they live in economically secure families with parents that have the support of a network of community resources,” stated Michelle Hughes, executive director of N.C. Child. “And thriving children result in a workforce that has the skills and education to compete in a global economy.”