Early Childcare Supports for Low-Wage Earning Families in the United States

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Heather M. Helms, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: In the United States, a large portion of the job market is made up of minimum- or low-wage positions. For parents earning low incomes, full-time (or more) hours and continuous employment are imperative for financial stability necessitating the need for childcare. Many parents employed in low-wage jobs experience challenges to financial stability and access to center-based childcare that is also high-quality. The affordability of childcare and the mismatch between childcare services and job characteristics are significant concerns for parents employed in low-wage jobs. Affordable, high quality childcare that supports the daily realities of parents earning low wages is especially difficult to find. When families cannot access appropriate childcare arrangements, employment, financial stability, and children’s healthy development may be compromised. The purpose of this entry is to describe the challenges that families earning low wages encounter as they navigate work demands and attempt to secure center-based childcare. In so doing, the everyday experiences of low-wage earning families and their resilient efforts to secure childcare inform future directions for research and policy.

Additional Information

Work and Family Encyclopedia. Work and Family Researchers Network.
Language: English
Date: 2020
caregiver/provider, childcare and eldercare, policy advocate, research or teacher, children, workplace practitioner, employer policies & HR management, public policies, scheduling, leave, and flexible work

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