This Research-in-Brief presents selected findings from IWPR’s forthcoming report Keeping Moms on the Job: The Impacts of Health Insurance and Child Care
on Job Retention and Mobility among Low-Income Mothers by Dr. Sunhwa Lee. The findings indicate that low-income mothers have a high rate of job turnover
compared with higher-income mothers. Yet, low-income mothers who have health insurance coverage from their employers are significantly more
likely to stay on their job than women who have other types of health insurance or no health insurance. Having a regular child care arrangement—
whether it be relative care, non-relative care, or center-based care—also helps job retention among low-income mothers with preschool children. For
low-income mothers moving into a different job, having higher education helps them find a job that pays higher wages than their previous job.