Diverging Pathways: How Wealth Shapes Opportunity for Children11-May-2011 A recently published study, “Diverging Pathways: How Wealth Shapes Opportunity for Children” by Dr. Trina Starks of the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work highlights the following key findings:
- Racial disparities in households with young children are dramatic;
- Racial disparities in child outcomes start early—as early as two years of age racial disparities emerge;
- The wealth gap widened for households with children;
- Maternal education matters, but alone cannot eliminate racial wealth disparities
“Children of color are four times more likely than white children to be born into the most economically fragile households. A poor start affects long-term well-being, making it difficult for children of color to catch up to their white counterparts and do as well in adulthood. Latino, black and American Indian children under the age of five are three times as likely as whites and some Asian ethnicities to live in households with little income and few or no assets.”--Diverging Pathways: How Wealth Shapes Opportunity for Children.
The study was funded in part by the Annie E. Casey foundation. Please follow the link below to read the study in its entirety.