Despite funding increases for Head Start over the past six years, only 42 percent of eligible children are now served, and just 4 percent of those eligible are served by Early Head Start, a report by the New York-based National Center for Children in Poverty and the Washington-based Center for Law and Social Policy states.
Low-income mothers have higher rates of maternal depression than other mothers. Because children are impacted by the negative effects of parental depression, this higher rate means that low-income children are disproportionately affected by the negative consequences of maternal depression Fortunately, access to services and treatment, including high-quality early childhood and family support interventions, can reduce the negative impacts of that depression for the whole family.
In an average month in 2012, 6.2 million children lived with unemployed parents, and 12.1 million children were affected by an unemployed or underemployed parent. A recent report from the Urban Institute and First Focus analyzes unemployment from the pers