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"Head Start and Housing (In)stability"

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Head Start programs helped improve the kindergarten readiness of homeless or highly mobile young children, says a report from the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness.

The analysis uses federal data from a nationally representative sample of 1,772 families with 3-year-olds entering Head Start in 2006.

It says the homeless children began behind their peers from more stable homes on socio-emotional, cognitive, and health indicators, and improved significantly over the next few years. But they failed to catch up with their counterparts from stable homes by kindergarten.

Vol. 33, Issue 05, Page 5

Published in Print: September 25, 2013, as Early Childhood
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