Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - October 15, 2018 


Is the moral of integrity of the U.S. at stake in the apparent murder of a Washington Post journalist? Also on the Monday rundown a pair of reports as we head toward the Midterm elections in November; plus if you are enrolling in Medicare today – help is available.

Daily Newscasts

Report: Policies to Help Young Families Good for WV

To break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, The Annie E. Casey Foundation is recommending policies that focus on the needs of young parents and their children. (Pixabay)
To break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, The Annie E. Casey Foundation is recommending policies that focus on the needs of young parents and their children. (Pixabay)
September 27, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia and the nation are missing opportunities by not focusing on the needs of young parents and their children, according to new research.

The Annie E. Casey Kids Count report says more than two-thirds of U.S. children with young parents live in low-income homes.

And Rosa Maria Castaneda, a senior associate with the Casey Foundation, says in West Virginia the number is closer to 75 percent.

She says policies that target these families can help reduce the often stubborn poverty in many parts of the country.

"There are still 6 million young adult parents and their children and very high rates of low-income status, very high rates of poverty for this population that we need to pay attention to if we want to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty," she states.

The report highlights the importance of making education affordable for these parents. It notes that a single mother with a bachelor's degree has lifetime earnings that average $300,000 more than one with just a high school diploma.

The report also recommends better child care and policies that help parents with employment. And it recommends specific changes that can dramatically improve the financial stability of low-income households.

Castaneda says the Earned Income Tax Credit should be expanded at the federal and state level, because it is often important temporary help for young parents at a crucial time in their lives.

"They're facing the challenges of transitioning to adulthood, moving into employment, getting a good job, trying to get an education,” she points out. “And it's in our interest to help them be successful as both emerging workers, and to help their young children thrive."

The report also highlights policies to teach child development and healthy parenting.

It recommends changes to foster care support that can help keep families together. And it argues that family planning and reproductive care can reduce unplanned pregnancies.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV