Children and Instability

The importance of stable environments and relationships in promoting children’s well-being has emerged as a critical area of concern.  Researchers in this project explore the pathways and domains through which instability can affect children’s development and future success.  These include research on instability in children’s lives overall; research in key domains such as employment, income/assets and taxeseducation and child care, social networksparenting and family composition, housing, food insecurity, health, and the public safety net; and research on instability for special populations such as children of immigrants, children facing residential instability, children and child welfare, and children of incarcerated parents.

General Instability


Income, Assets, and Taxes

Social Networks and Community

Safety Net

Child Care and Education

Child Care



Food Insecurity

Health and Mental Health

Parenting and Family Composition 

Special Populations 

Immigrant Children

Incarcerated Parents


Child Welfare and Children in Foster Care