A new report by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, in partnership with Abt Associates and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, finds that children who stayed in shelters are more likely to experience developmental delays, behavioral issues, and less likely to be enrolled in early education and child care programs than children who had not experienced homelessness. Well-being of Young Children After Experiencing Homelessness explores data from the Family Options Study collected twenty months after families were assigned to a housing intervention.
The research shows that formerly homeless children are more likely to have lower pre-reading and math skills. Children in households’ who are stably housed, and enrolled in an early education and child care programs, such as Head Start, showed greater school readiness and fewer behavioral problems than those experiencing homelessness. The report also finds that housing instability reduced enrollment in early education and center-based care, except for Head Start programs.
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