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Study Finds Child Health and Academic Performance Hindered by Poor Quality Housing

Children and Youth Services Review

Research recently published in the Children and Youth Services Review found that Cleveland kindergarteners who live in and near distressed properties experience reduced academic performance.

More specifically, the authors found that living in substandard housing or a household that is behind on payments reduces literacy scores for kindergarten students. Living in a poor-quality home increases the likelihood of child abuse and neglect, which can have detrimental effects on kindergarten readiness. The authors found that simply living within 1,500 feet of distressed properties can also reduce readiness scores.

The study analyzed data from housing, education, social service and health agencies. The address histories (i.e., housing condition, values, foreclosure filings, etc.) were evaluated for over 13,000 students entering kindergarten between 2007 and 2010.

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