Resilience Among Low-Income Families

Despite the obstacles that low-income parents face in helping their children succeed in the classroom and beyond, many are still able to help their children flourish. Though many children confront significant educational and social barriers associated with living in poverty, others perform well academically, possess the social-emotional competence to develop and keep friends, establish good relationships with parents and teachers, and enjoy a range of other social successes. 

This research project seeks to determine what can be learned from such parents and to use those findings to promote policies designed to build resiliency and help lift more families out of poverty.  The project includes a review of research on poor and low-income families to define parent resilience and analysis of several national longitudinal surveys to identify indicators of family strength and associated positive child outcomes.  The findings will be used to develop a policy brief with policy/practice recommendations for promoting resiliency in low-income parents.

Funded by the Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation

Project Staff
  • Renée Wilson-Simmons, DrPH, Principal Investigator
  • Yumiko Aratani, PhD, Co-Investigator
  • Yang Jiang, PhD, Demographer

For more information about Resilience Among Low-Income Families, please contact:

Renée Wilson-Simmons, DrPH
National Center for Children in Poverty
215 West 125th St, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10027
(646) 284-9606