This Morning: New Kids Count report details struggles of young parents

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A new report details the struggles that young parents face and the need for more benefits.

In a new Kids Count report done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, it highlights some of the most common obstacles young parents face.

Many of those include incomplete education, lack of employment opportunities, access to child care, and financial security.

The report found that there are about 85,000 young adult parents between the ages of 18-24 in the state of Michigan.

Only 9% of them hold an associates degree and more than half live in families with low incomes.

“one of the things that we’re really looking at is how can adjust either our federal or state earned income tax credit in a way that doesn’t miss this population because they’re often too young to receive certain benefits and that really leaves them out of being able to participate and get that those extra resources that they need,” says Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count Policy Director at the Michigan League for Public Policy.

Along with adjusting the earned income tax credit, local officials say expanding opportunities to dads who don’t have custody and offering more post secondary education could also help young parents become more successful.

But it’s also important to note that this study also sheds light on the more than 100,000 Michigan children born into families with young parents.

So local officials are using a two generational approach when it comes to developing policies.

For more information about the study, visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation website.

We’ve also listed a few local resources to help young families.

– Central Michigan 211

– Ingham County Great Start Collaborative 

– Lansing Community College

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