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American Almanac
Journal of Children & Poverty

Reports and Briefs

Profiles of Risk No. 8: School Readiness


This brief, the eighth in the “Profiles of Risk” series examining characteristics of homeless families in the United States, explores differences in the school readiness of children by their housing status. Children who ever experienced homelessness in their first five years exhibit higher behavioral and attention problems and score lower on cognitive tests than their stably housed peers. These findings suggest that children who experience housing instability enter school less ready to learn than their stably housed counterparts.

Empty Seats: The Epidemic of Absenteeism Among Homeless Elementary Students

The Invisible Majority: Doubled-up Students in New York City Public Schools

Meeting the Child Care Needs of Homeless Families: How Do States Stack Up?

Child Behavioral Problems at Year 5
(by housing status years 1–5)

Child Attention Problems at Year 5
(by housing status years 1–5)

Child Cognitive Development at Year 5
(by housing status years 1–5)

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