Child Trends has published a brief that looks at how homelessness impacts the development of young children. When the Bough Breaks: The Effects of Homelessness on Young Children (February 2012) reports that between 2006 and 2010, approximately 1.6 million children were homeless annually in the U.S. and about 40% of those children were under the age of six. The brief discusses research findings showing that preschoolers without a stable home are more likely to have a major developmental delay and higher rates of internalizing and externalizing behaviors than other children. It includes recommendations to help improve outcomes for these children, including access to high-quality child care and early education programs.
Another recently published Child Trends’ brief, Frequent Residential Mobility and Young Children’s Well-being (January 2012), looks at the demographic characteristics of young children identified as “frequent movers,” and the association of frequent moves with their mental and physical health.
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