A pre-K class from Bradford School poses for pictures during a short graduation ceremony in front of the school in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, June 10, 2020. | Seth Wenig, Associated Press

Housing, food insecurity, economic adversity can impact children’s health, behavior, economic prospects and more as they grow up.

SALT LAKE CITY — Folks who think kids are impervious to serious harm from the novel coronavirus pandemic should reconsider. Children with a parent who has been laid off, had hours reduced or been otherwise economically harmed by the virus could carry wide-ranging negative consequences into their future, from physical and mental health challenges to behavior problems and stunted educational attainment.

Kristi Williams, a professor of sociology at Ohio State University and a senior scholar with the Council on Contemporary Families, analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from early July and found some families struggling to afford housing and securing enough to eat.

The census survey asked families whether they’d fallen behind in the last month on housing payments and if they had enough food in the past week. It also asked whether they worried about food and housing, finding a growing number of households that include children …read more

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