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1 The Socioeconomic Status of Red Deer Families with Young Children Lori Baugh Littlejohns, Social Planning, The City of Red Deer.

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1 1 The Socioeconomic Status of Red Deer Families with Young Children Lori Baugh Littlejohns, Social Planning, The City of Red Deer

2 Purpose of presentation Present data on key variables re: demographics and SES Explore their relationship to school readiness and educational outcomes. 2 Population size, growth and structure Family structure Aboriginal identity population Mobility and migration Language Education level of parents Labour force activity Housing tenure and affordability Family income

3 Or … Demographics and socioeconomic trends are fun!


5 Population size and growth for Red Deer, Alberta, and Canada (2001-2006) 5 20012006% Change Red Deer67,82982,77222.0 Alberta2,974,8073,290,35010.6 Canada30,007,09431,612,8975.4

6 Age Category 0-14%15-64% 65 and over % Red Deer15,01018.159,62072.08,1409.8 Alberta631,51519.22,305,42570.1353,41010.7 Canada5,579,83517.721,697,80568.64,335,25513.7 6 Population age structure for Red Deer, Alberta, and Canada, 2006

7 Percentage of Children 0-6 years of age for Red Deer, Alberta, and Canada, 2006 # Male # Female # Total % total population Red Deer3,5103,4556,9658.4 Alberta144,755138,020282,7758.6 Canada1,223,5201,168,2302,391,7507.6

8 Census family a married couple (with or without children of either or both spouses), a couple living common-law (with or without children of either or both partners) or a lone parent of any marital status, with at least one child living in the same dwelling. a couple may be of opposite or same sex. children in a census family include grandchildren living with their grandparent(s) but with no parents present.

9 Census family structure and children at home (under 6 years and 6-14 years) for Red Deer, Alberta, and Canada, 2006 Red DeerTotal Census Family Structure Total Couple Families %Lone Parents % Families by age group of children at home 22,40518,51582.63,88517.3 All Under 6 years2,7852,22579.955519.9 All 6 years to 14 years2,8601,90066.496033.6 Alberta Families by Age group of Children at home 904,850774,58085.6130,26514.4 All Under 6 years103,47086,69083.916,77516.2 All 6 years to 14 years112,25083,18074.129,06525.9 Canada Families by Age group of Children at home 8,896,8407,482,77584.11,414,06015.9 All Under 6 years900,165739,11082.1161,05517.9 All 6 years to 14 years1,093,740785,69571.8308,04528.2


11 Aboriginal identity those persons who report identifying with at least one Aboriginal group (North American Indian, Métis, or Inuit). also includes those who report being a Treaty Indian or a Registered Indian as defined by the Indian Act of Canada and/or those who report they are members of an Indian Band or First Nation.

12 The number of people of all ages reporting Aboriginal identity population constitutes 4.4% of total population in Red Deer 5.6% of the total population of Alberta 3.7% of Canada’s total population. The proportion of children in Aboriginal identity population was 26.8% for Red Deer, 31.1% for Alberta and 29.7% for Canada.

13 Couple families in the Aboriginal family structure in Red Deer constitute 81.3% of total census families: 18.7% for lone parent families In Alberta, couple families comprise 80.6% of all census families: 19.4% for lone parent families. For Canada, couple families constitute 80.3% of the total census family: 19.7% of lone parent families. High % lone parent families + a greater proportion of the Aboriginal population between the ages 0-14 years = implications for the school readiness and educational outcomes of children

14 Mobility and Migration Refers to the relationship between a person's usual place of residence on Census Day and his or her usual place of residence one year earlier. Mobility Status A person is classified as a Non-mover if no difference exists. Non-movers are persons who, on Census Day, were living at the same address as the one at which they resided one year earlier. Movers are persons who, on Census Day, were living at a different address from the one at which they resided one year earlier. Migration status Non-migrants are movers who, on Census Day, were living at a different address, but in the same census subdivision (CSD) as the one they lived in one year earlier. Migrants are movers who, on Census Day, were residing in a different CSD one year earlier (internal migrants) or who were living outside Canada one year earlier (external migrants).


16 Residential mobility and migration has implications for children’s readiness for school and educational outcomes. The relationship has been shown to be associated with negative behaviours and difficulty integrating into the new environment which then affects school readiness and educational outcomes. Fauth, R. C. (2004). The Impacts of Neighborhood Poverty Deconcentration Efforts on Low-Income Children’s and Adolescents’ Well-Being. Children, Youth and Environments 14(1): 1-55.

17 Mobility status for Red Deer, Alberta and Canada, 2006 Red Deer%Alberta%Canada% Total Population80,2751003,214,14010030,897,210100 Non-movers59,71574.42,606,57581.126,534,11585.9 Movers20,56025.6607,56518.94,363,09014.1 Non-migrants11,67514.5359,01511.22,554,2608.3 Migrants8,89011.1248,5507.71,808,8305.8 Internal migrants8,10010.1214,9106.71,511,3054.8 Intra-provincial migrants5,1006.4127,9154.01,221,5603.9 Inter-provincial migrants3,0003.786,9952.7289,7400.92 External migrants7900.9733,6401.0297,5300.95

18 Residential mobility has been shown to be linked with other key demographic and socioeconomic trends. Lone parent families were twice as likely to move residences frequently as compared to couple families. This is often due to housing and employment instability. The odds of high school dropout were increased for children who had experienced family moves especially when the moves occurred during early childhood and for children residing in single-parent and stepfamilies versus two-parent or couple families. Allard, S. W., Johnson, R. C. and Danziger, S. (2007). Residential Mobility among Low-Income Women after Welfare Reform. 18

19 Total Population English%French% Non- official % Red Deer81,37072,77589.41,3601.77,2358.9 Alberta3,256,3602,580,99579.362,3051.9613,06018.8 Canada31,241, 02518,055,68557.86,892,23022.16,293,11020.1 19 Population by mother-tongue for Red Deer, Alberta and Canada, 2006

20 Total Population English%French%Non- official % Red Deer15,05014,19094.21050.77555.0 Alberta631,210542,52586.04,7300.783,95513.3 Canada5,576,8053,620,60564.91,102,01519.8854,18515.3 20 Population by mother-tongue (0-14 years) for Red Deer, Alberta and Canada, 2006


22 22 Parental education can contribute directly to a child’s education by providing a more or a less supportive environment for learning. This is often reflected in early language development and reading between parents and children, which in turn, predicts better language and reading skills throughout childhood. Parents with more education also have higher expectations for their children, which in turn, predict greater educational attainment. Parents with higher levels of education tend to expose their children to educational opportunities in their communities. Indirectly, parent’s level of education tends to pave the way for a higher level of educational attainment through better labour market outcomes for parents, higher incomes, and better family residence and neighborhood opportunities.

23 23 Educational attainment for people age 20-44 years in Red Deer, Alberta and Canada 2006 Level of Educational Attainment Red DeerAlbertaCanada %% No certificate, diploma or degree16.214.612.2 High school certificate or equivalent33.228.326.5 Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 11.910.210.8 College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma University certificate, diploma or degree16.625.728.6

24 24 Labour force activity and the presence of children under 6 years of age for 24-54 years of age population for Red Deer, Alberta and Canada, 2006 Participation Rate % Employment Rate % Unemployment Rate % Red Deer79.675.75.0 Alberta81.977.65.3 Canada83.978.66.3

25 25 Among housing variables, homeownership and residential stability appear to be the two most important determinants of a child’s educational attainment. Housing cost and affordability are key aspects of housing that affects children educational outcomes as affordability problems lead to increased residential mobility, which has detrimental effects on children’s educational attainment. Spending a large or disproportionate amount of income on housing means less money is available for other necessities or non-housing expenses that will support children’s education.

26 Red Deer Housing TenureHousing Affordability Rent (%)Own (%)Family households spending 30% or more of household income on housing costs (%) Couple families19.580.512.1 Lone parent families46.853.237.9 Alberta Couple families15.284.813.4 Lone parent families37.06335.2 Canada Couple families17.982.115.3 Lone parent families45.454.635.9 Housing Tenure and Affordability for Red Deer, Alberta and Canada, 2006


28 Research demonstrates that parental income is positively correlated with children’s educational attainment and readiness for school. Children from lower income households score significantly lower on measures of vocabulary and communication skills, knowledge of numbers, copying and symbol use, ability to concentrate and cooperative play with other children than children from higher income households. Løken, K. (2008). Family income and children.s education: Using the Norwegian oil boom as a natural experiment, Department of Economics, University of Bergen. Thomas E. M. (2006). Readiness to learn at school among five-year-old children in Canada. Children and Youth Research Paper Series, Catalogue no. 89-599-MWE2006004, Statistics Canada

29 Median and Average Income for Red Deer, Alberta and Canada, 2005 Median IncomeAverage Income Red Deer All Economic Families74,56690,333 Couple families81,99399,237 Alberta All Economic Families76,52698,240 Couple families82,818105,760 Lone parent families43,97754,926 Canada All Economic Families66,34382,325 Couple families72,26588,863 Lone parent families39,22748,251

30 Family Type and Prevalence of Low Income in Red Deer, Alberta and Canada, 2005 Low Income Status by Family TypePrevalence of Low Income (before tax) % Red Deer All Economic Families7.7 Couple families4.4 Lone parent families23.2 Alberta All Economic Families8.7 Couple families6.1 Lone parent families24.7 Canada All Economic Families11.6 Couple families8.4 Lone parent families29.0


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