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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Young parents
With limited access to opportunities to advance their education and find family-sustaining jobs, Tennessee’s 75,000 young adult parents face hurdles to support their children and fulfill their own potential, according to Opening Doors for Young Parents, the latest KIDS COUNT report. Nationally 10 percent of youth aged 18 to 24 also are young parents. In Tennessee the number is 13 percent. The report says 99,000 children in Tennessee have parents who are aged 18 to 24, 73 percent of those children in Tennessee live in low-income families. Only 12 percent of those young parents have completed an associate degree or higher. “Becoming a parent is life-changing at any age,” says Rose Naccarato, Tennessee KIDS COUNT director, “but young parents are less likely to have finished their education or found a long-term career and so they have unique challenges to their time and finances.” The report details the most common obstacles young adult parents face, including incomplete education, lack of family-sustaining employment opportunities, lack of access to quality child care, inadequate and unstable housing and financial insecurity.


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