A map showing Howard County High School Zones.

Longitudinal School Attendance Boundary Study

A project out of Penn State University, the Longitudinal School Attendance Boundary Study (LSABS), is a novel data collection effort that aims to collect longitudinal data on school attendance zone boundaries from school districts across the country. Co-led by Chris Fowler and Erica Frankenberg, the project will lead to a database of attendance zone boundaries from 1990 to 2020, which will be made available to the public for research. Upon completion of the project, the researchers will produce a publicly available data source that captures boundary changes from 1990 to 2020 for a national sample of K-12 school districts. Among other uses, the new database can help enrich our understanding of the relationship between school and housing patterns, especially allowing for analysis of the changes in school and neighborhood demographics over time. It can also provide a new and unique option for scholars/researchers to use as a proxy for “neighborhoods” in demographic research and writing. While census tracts or block groups have traditionally been used to approximate “neighborhoods,” school zones may more accurately reflect the way people think of their own communities.

Funding Resource: National Science Foundation

Project Lead:Dr. Christopher Fowler, Dr. Erica Frankenberg

Concept housing a family: mother, father and children in a new home.

Residential Characteristics And Child Health And Well-Being

This exploratory study asks whether children receiving housing assistance experience better health and wellbeing outcomes than their peers who are not in households receiving such assistance. The project also considers the impacts across different housing programs (e.g. public housing, housing choice vouchers, and multifamily).

Funding Resource: NIH- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, R21HD095329

Project Lead:Dr. Andrew Fenelon

A photo of African-American family with father, mother, daughter and son.

Crossnational Comparisons Of Kinlessness And Health: Past, Present And Future

The second demographic transition engendered a reorganization of family formation processes in many places; these processes are ongoing, but retreats from marriage, increased divorce, and greater levels of childlessness are spreading to ever more contexts. The natural consequence of these combined forces is a world where older adults in many countries lack the types of living family members that are the mainstays of social support networks. This project, examines how the family networks of older adults are changing across countries, how they will likely change in the future, and how shifts in kin availability will impact health through mechanisms of loneliness and social isolation.

Funding Resource: National Institute on Aging, R01AG060949

Project Lead:Dr. Ashton Verdery

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Family Migration and Early Life Outcomes

The Family Migration and Early Life Outcomes (FAMELO) project examines the dynamic role migration plays in children's development, education and transitions to adulthood. We study these processes by collecting comparative longitudinal data on children and their caregivers in three diverse contexts of migration: Jalisco, Mexico, Gaza, Mozambique & Chitwan, Nepal. The project is a collaboration of investigators from five US universities and three international institutions.(https://famelo.netlify.app/)

Funding Resource: NIH- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, P01 HD080659

Project Lead:Dr. Jennifer Glick