Jody Heymann takes on the American belief that creating a better life for your children is simply a matter of working hard. She argues that poor parents don’t have a fair chance. Because our nation fails to provide essential supports, it is virtually impossible for these individuals to succeed at work while caring well for their children. Because of the twin demands of work and family that poor parents face, the health and education of their children suffer. These kids often lack adequate preschool childcare or school-age care, which reduces their own potential to succeed.
Heymann shows how intergenerational poverty is perpetuated by outdated labor policies and suggests what must be done to help families. A wide range of thinkers respond.
The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns.
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