We Are Family: Fighting Economic Challenges Facing Single-Headed Households

December 2014 ENGAGE Magazine

In this edition of ENGAGE, we’re taking a look at ways to support single women heading families, including seeking quality day care options for working single moms, encouraging young women to stay in school and choose careers that can support their families, boosting the earning power of single-parent families and more.

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Stories Inside:

Single Parents Face Childcare Challenges
Research shows that a mother's education level affects her children's health, economic well-being and education. Read about how Crystal Trout and other single parents are constantly challenged to find consistent and reliable childcare and what steps are being taken to help alleviate these needs across the state of Arkansas. 

How to Interest Girls in STEM Careers
A well-established body of research shows that educating women benefits not only their own children but communities as a whole. The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas has been conducting Girls of Promise conferences for eighth graders and their chaperones since 2000 to expose young women to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and encourage them to achieve. To date, more than 5,200 girls have participated at Girls of Promise events throughout the state, where they envision their futures in rewarding, high-paying careers and network with other smart sisters who are interested in getting smarter.

Scholarships Give Single Parents the Funds and Confidence to Increase Their Education
“We’ve got over one-third of the children in this state living in poverty. How do you break this cycle if a single mom or dad’s only solution is to find the hours to squeeze in another part-time job?”  For Ruthanne Hill, executive director of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, it’s an equation that simply won’t balance. Hill and her colleagues at county-based Single Parent Scholarship Funds across the state are working to change the variables to help single parents break the poverty cycle.  

Arkansas Viewpoints:"What factors contribute to economic risk for single female-headed households?"
Eleanor Wheeler, Senior Policy Analyst of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and Geania B. Dickey, Program Coordinator for Leadership and Management of Arkansas State University Childhood Services, both weigh-in on this important topic. 


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