Report: Work With Children, Parents Together To End Poverty Cycle

By Dennis Lambert
Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:12am

A new report says working with children and their parents together may provide a more long-term improvement in ending the cycle of poverty in the state than working with one group individually.

Dana Wolfe Naimark of the Children’s Action Alliance says the Annie E. Casey Foundation suggests the strategy will create better opportunities for families.

"We will be most successful with our public policies and our community strategies if we pay attention to children and their parents at the same time, and not always do separate strategies," Wolfe Naimark said.

According to the report, nearly 300,000 Arizona children ages five and under are growing up in low-income families and a child raised in poverty is more likely to become an adult living in poverty, less likely to graduate high school or remain consistently employed.