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Mothers without high school degree

In 2016, 10.5 percent of all births in the state were to mothers with less than a high school degree, up from nearly 8 percent in 2012. Mothers without a high school degree often experience financial strain, which can affect their mental health, level of stress, and parenting quality. These factors are linked to child behavior problems and lower performance on standardized tests related to school readiness.