Family is the biggest influence on a child’s development. Parents are a child’s first teachers. Whether the child lives with birth-parents, other relatives, or non-related caregivers the child will be molded by the lessons and experiences passed on from family. The topics in this section include:
Family Structure: Family structure can affect children in a number of ways. A number of factors can change the structure of families, including separation, divorce, death, or incarceration.
Child Care: Quality child care allows parents time to work or continue their own education in order to provide a better future for their children.
Teen Parents: Babies born to teen mothers face a higher risk for a number of problems throughout life.
Children Living with Relatives: There are a variety of reasons children live with relatives other than their parents – these children face a number of risk factors those from traditional families do not.
Parental Employment: Children who have parents with secure employment face a reduced risk of poverty.
Read More About It:
Healthy Start / Healthy Families: http://www.pinellashealth.com/HealthyStartFamilies.asp
Healthy Families Florida: http://www.healthyfamiliesfla.org/
Families—Pinellas County Extension Office: http://pinellas.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/index.shtml
DCF Quick Facts: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/publications/docs/quickfacts.pdf
U.S. Census Reports on Families: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/children/index.html
A Child’s Day: Census Data on Children