PRRAC Update  

May 15, 2015    



Registration is open for the National Housing Mobility Conference on July 16!    

See the draft agenda here and register here today.  A discounted hotel rate of $229/night is available for conference attendees at the nearby Palmer House Hilton on the night of July 15 (we also have some rooms set aside on July 16). Reserve your room here or call the hotel at  (312) 726-7500 (and say you are with the Housing Mobility Conference)


Last week's release of two important studies on housing mobility has increased the urgency of this work. The studies, from Raj Chetty and colleagues at Harvard, found powerful long term educational and economic benefits for children who move from high poverty to low poverty areas.  As one New York Times columnist wrote, "Their findings are clear: The earlier a family moved to a good neighborhood, the better the children's long-run outcomes."  You can see good summaries of this research from the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, and the Urban Institute, and the studies themselves can be found here and here.   


The important question for the upcoming conference is how can we extend these benefits to more children?  What are the latest research and practice insights on "what works" in housing mobility program design?   What are some of the best practices nationally we can emulate and seed in more regions?   We hope you will join us on July 16 to explore these issues and help us expand this movement so that more children can benefit.   

Other resources

In the new Poverty & Race:   New research on transit-oriented development, and summaries of our recent reports on diversity in pre-k education, and racial disparities in girls' high school sports participation.  Read the new issue here.   


More on diversity in pre-K:  Following the recent release of our joint national study on the benefits of racial and economic diversity in pre-K education, the Century Foundation has released a new issue brief on New York City's impressive push for universal pre-k, and how it might be improved. Lessons from New York City's Universal Pre-K Expansion: How a focus on diversity could make it even better, provides background on how universal pre-K programs fit into the national landscape of early childhood policy, and outlines the main features of New York City's current universal pre-k expansion efforts, including funding, delivery, family recruitment, enrollment, and evaluation. The brief focuses on the issue of preschool classroom diversity, highlighting recent research on the benefits of classroom diversity at the pre-k level, and examines opportunities and obstacles for integration in New York City's program.



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