One in five Indiana children lived with a single mother in 2011, according to the report. Those children are five to six times more likely to live in poverty, Stanczykiewicz said.
The short-term solution is to make sure families have access to temporary safety nets like food stamps, he said.
More than 13,000 Howard County residents received food stamps in 2011. In Miami County, that number was 5,395.
Those safety nets are only a bandage, though.
“The long-term solution is to put a premium on education,” Stanczykiewicz said. “This report, again, confirms that. Two-thirds of jobs now require education after high school.”
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at email@example.com