"Head Start and Housing (In)stability"
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 5Published in Print: September 25, 2013, as Early Childhood