Births by Maternal Educational Attainment 2007-2016

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Parental education strongly correlates with children’s academic achievement. Children of parents who lack a high school diploma may not have as strong a foundation when entering school, and may ultimately experience worse educational outcomes. Parental educational levels directly correlate with parental employment and earnings, and thus, overall economic security for the family. Children whose parents lack a high school diploma have also been found to have a higher risk of health problems, including being born with low birthweight.

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