Poverty Matters: family income, parenting and child outcomes
21st October 2019 : 17:00 - 18:30
Category: Public Seminar
Research Group: Child Development and Learning
Speaker: Naomi Eisenstadt
Location: Department of Education, Seminar Room A
Convener: Iram Siraj
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Much of the current discussion on children’s outcomes has focused on educational attainment, schools, and parental behaviours. This lecture will provide evidence that low income itself reduces the chances of good outcomes for children and that the stress caused in families by low income exacerbates the risk. While supportive and engaged parents, good early childhood education and good schools all reduce the risk of poor outcomes, money makes at least as much difference as parents and teachers.
About the speaker
Naomi Eisenstadt was the first Director of Sure Start and was for seven years in charge of all early years provision and family policy for the UK Government. She then was director of the Social Exclusion Task Force. She has served as poverty advisor to the Scottish Government and has been a Senior Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE.