Low-income Hispanic parents often face multiple stressful working conditions
In our latest report, Center investigators Elizabeth Wildsmith, Maria Ramos-Olazagasti, and Marta Alvira-Hammond examine the job characteristics of low-income working Latino parents, finding that a substantial proportion face working conditions that can negatively affect children, such as low wages, involuntary part-time work, nonstandard work schedules, and no access to employer-provided health insurance.

Between 25 percent and 33 percent of working Latino parents report having at least three of these job stressors, which may hamper families’ well-being and social mobility. Policies and supports that focus on better aligning work conditions with family needs may improve family and child outcomes, and could alleviate some of the stressors associated with parents’ job circumstances.
ICYMI: How child development research can inform immigration policy
which explains what research tells us about the effects of forced separation and detention can have on immigrant families and children.
Highlights from the field
Child care costs may account for almost one third of low-income parents' income
New analysis from diversitydatakids.org estimates that low-income parents who work full time and year-round would have to spend almost a third of their income on child care , while parents who are not low-income would spend 8 percent. Hispanic parents working full time and year-round are the most likely to be low-income and face greater child care affordability constraints than white and Asian parents working comparable hours.
Accelerating postsecondary success for parents
The Aspen Institute released a set of briefs and recommendations describing what postsecondary institutions and policymakers can do to support student parents and remove barriers to this key population attaining high-quality postsecondary credentials.

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