Why Children of Imprisoned Fathers May Not be Ready for School

Anna R. Haskins, Cornell University

For youngsters across America, the first day of school is a moment of hope – but some 2.7 million children of fathers in prison may not be emotionally ready to learn. Black boys suffer the most according to an analysis of the school readiness of five-year-olds, setting the stage for U.S. racial inequalities to persist.

> In her new Key Findings brief, Haskins summarizes the major findings and conclusions from her recently published research article on “Unintended Consequences: Effects of Paternal Incarceration on Child School Readiness and Later Special Education Placement.”

> Anna Haskins is a former elementary teacher now on the faculty at Cornell University, where she pursues research on policies and institutions that exacerbate or reduce social inequalities, with a special focus on the impact of education on racial and class disparities. Her work appears in scholarly journals and reports, and has also been featured in the public media – discussed in a June 2014 posting on the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post and in an April 2014 posting at Vox.

September 2014