Youth of single mothers are twice as likely to drop out of school and significantly more likely to end up in foster or group care and in juvenile justice facilities. Youth in fatherless homes are more likely to be incarcerated at some point in their life. Youth from single-parent families have a threefold greater risk of bearing children as unwed teenagers. Today’s families are fundamentally different in structure than they were decades ago: 60 percent of all families had a traditional structure in 1940 with dad as the breadwinner and mom as the homemaker. Today 13 percent of families fit the traditional structure. Nearly 60 percent of American women are currently in the country’s labor force full-time. Strong afterschool programs are needed now more than ever before! In spite of the change in family structure, childcare costs are often inaccessible for the average earners: on a national scale, childcare costs $8,000 to $14,000 per year—equal to what families pay for college tuition plus room and board at a public university, according to the Childcare Information Exchange. When childcare becomes unaffordable, parents may make the choice to leave their kids home alone after school, where they do not receive peer or adult mentoring, help with homework, responsible supervision, or socialization.
HPL Y of the Future!
Y OF 2030Y OVERVIEW FOR COMMUNITY LEADERSDECEMBER 12, 2030Lauren MartinBonny LottViviana Padilla