Escape from Poverty: Two-Generation Education Interventions for Low-Income Parents and Children
P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
Monday, February 27th at 12-1pm in Moore Hall room 3320 (UCLA campus)
This presentation outlines a new conceptual framework for promoting postsecondary educational achievement and workforce development among low-income parents while simultaneously advancing the learning and healthy development of their children. We propose a dual-generational intervention ? an approach that addresses the educational needs of both children and their parents – whereby early childhood education programs may serve as the access point for promoting low-income parents? postsecondary education and training. We present (a) theory and empirical evidence that outline the critical importance of on-time education for young mothers and describe the intertwined trajectories of low-income children and their parents; and (b) findings from an exploratory study that examines the educational motivation, goals, supports and obstacles of low-income mothers with children at three high-quality early education centers. Results indicate that (a) low-income mothers vary in their potential for postsecondary success and can be identified in three clusters; (b) all mothers are concerned for their children?s education and most believe that a college education is economically essential; (c) participation in high quality early education may make a difference in mothers? views of their potential; and (d) mothers who observe their children thriving in an early childhood program may be more motivated to pursue their education.