For low-income students – and many moderate-income students, too – the high price of education can make holding a job while studying essential. Yet, employers’ scheduling practices can wreak havoc on working students’ ability to succeed in school. Particularly in lower-wage jobs, unpredictable and unstable schedules are becoming the norm.
For students, this has a host of implications, ranging from limitations on course choices, including those required for completion of their degrees; challenges in regularly attending classes; inability to complete out-of-class work; difficulty budgeting to cover tuition and expenses; and ultimately, greater obstacles to completing post-secondary programs. Fair job scheduling policies could help working students to complete their studies, find better jobs, and improve their families’ economic prospects.
Parents’ Non-Standard Work Schedules Make Adequate Childrearing Difficult: Reforming Labor Market Practices Can Improve Children’s Cognitive and Behavioral Outcomes
— Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute
Valuing Families, Valuing Work: Four Ways Policymakers Can Help Low-Paid Workers and Their Children
— Peter Ruark, Michigan League for Public Policy (July 2015).
Who Minds The Kids When Mom Works A Nonstandard Schedule?
— Maria E. Enchautegui, Martha Johnson, and Julia Gelatt, Urban Institute (July 2015).
Five Social Disadvantages That Depress Student Performance
— By Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein, EPI (June 2015).
Community College Students Need Fair Job Scheduling Practices
— Lindsey Reichlin and Barbara Gault, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Listening to Workers: Child Care Challenges in Low-Wage Jobs
— National Women's Law Center
The Third Shift: Child Care Needs and Access for Working Mothers in Restaurants
— The Restaurant Opportunities Center United.
Nonstandard Work Schedules, Child Care Subsidies, and Child Care Arrangements
— Julia R. Henly, Elizabeth O. Ananat, and Sandra K. Danziger.