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How A Mom's Education Affects Her Kids' Health

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New research says children of mothers who went to college tend to be better educated, healthier and wealthier than children of mothers who did not finish high school.

The study, out this month from the Foundation for Child Development, analyzes the difference in life outcomes for the 12 percent of children in America with mothers who haven't graduated high school, compared to the 33 percent of children whose mothers holds a bachelor's degree. Based on the research, children whose mothers went to school for longer fared much better.

Using data from sources like the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the study looked at information in four big categories: family economic resources, reading and mathematics proficiency, school enrollment and completion and health.

Below, we've broken down some of the results:

1. Family Economic Resources

2. Reading and Mathematics Proficiency

  • ALSO: Sixteen percent of children whose mothers did not complete high school were deemed proficient at math in eighth grade. On the other hand, 52 percent of children whose mothers graduated college were proficient in math at the same age.

3. School Enrollment and Completion

  • ALSO: Thirty-seven percent of children whose mothers had not graduated high school were enrolled in a preschool at ages 3 or 4. Sixty-four percent of children whose mothers went to college were enrolled in preschool at the same age.

4. Health

  • ALSO: Sixteen percent of children whose mothers did not graduate high school were not covered by health insurance. Four percent of children whose mothers graduated college were not covered by health insurance.

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