25% of all mothers are single. 70% work. Half make less than $25,000 per year. 30% spend more than half their income on housing. 40% are White, 30% Black, 25% Hispanic. 80% graduated high school. 25% have a college degree. 30% get child support which averages $300/month. 10% get welfare.
The biggest problem facing single mothers is affordable child care. In California, full-time care for an infant (not including evenings or weekends) takes up 40% of a single mother's average income. Day-care facilities are often unsafe, under-staffed, and staffed by unqualified care takers. An average child-care worker makes less than $20,000 per year. How do other countries solve this dilemma? They spend more.
"What do Papua New Guinea, Oman, and the United States of America have in common? They are the only three countries in the world with no paid-maternity-leave law.”
Among this economist journalist's interesting findings is that motherhood is the single biggest risk factor for poverty in old age. [interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air]
Resources for Single Mothers
Children and Early Education: Headstart
Government Assistance for Single Mothers
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