the report "How Youth Are Put At Risk by Parents' Low-Wage Jobs," which focuses on the connection between parents who work low-wage jobs and the development and well-being of their children. The researchers identify specific policy initiatives, including paid sick days, which could improve the outcomes for parents working low-wage jobs and their children.
Today, 16 million U.S. families are headed by parents working low-wage jobs. In 2012, the National Center for Children in Poverty reported that 44 percent of all children live in families that are poor or low-income. Furthermore, low-wage work is estimated to account for two of every three new jobs in the U.S. over the next decade.
The study clearly states, "working families need decent, sustainable jobs and parents must have the freedom to take care of their children."