Consequences of segregation for children’s opportunity and wellbeing

Published: 04.03.2019 Updated: 01.15.2020

As the child population becomes “majority-minority,” racial segregation remains high, income segregation among families with children increases, and the political and policy landscape undergoes momentous change, it is a particularly crucial time to consider the consequences of segregation for children’s opportunity and researchers Nancy McArdle and Dolores Acevedo-Garcia explore these issues in a chapter of A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality, published by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. In the volume, leading academics, practitioners, and policymakers grapple with the question: "More than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, what would it take to meaningfully reduce residential segregation and/or to mitigate its negative consequences in the United States?" 

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Headshot of Dolores Acevedo-Garcia
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia
Director, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
Nancy McArdle
Nancy McArdle
Senior Research Analyst