Most low-income Latino parents work. They need support in other ways, study finds.

Sep 19, 2019

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By Gwen Aviles

A recent study establishes that most Latino children residing in households with low-incomes live with at least one employed adult. But the job is often accompanied by paltry wages and irregular hours — factors that can significantly affect a family’s economic mobility and children’s development.

“Instead of focusing on providing employment to Latino parents, we should be focusing on how to advance the positions they already hold,” said Lisa A. Gennetian, a visiting associate professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and lead author of a study by the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families. “The question should no longer solely be, ‘How do we move low-wage Latino parents to the workforce?’ because the majority are already there.”

Using data spanning five years from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the American Time Use Survey, the American Community Survey and other sources, the research looked at the financial positions low-income Latino families hold.

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