(September 2004) Children in rural America face significant educational, social, and economic challenges, just as their urban counterparts do; yet policymakers have focused primarily on improving conditions for families living in cities. This brochure provides an overview of the social, economic, and demographic characteristics of the 14 million children who live in rural America.
Family Instability Linked to Behavior Problems in Kindergarten
Children who enter kindergarten after experiencing repeated household changes are more likely to display problem behaviors that inhibit learning and disrupt classrooms. Such changes include residential moves and shifts in family composition and household routines.