Poverty affects one in six Australian children. Our research shows that the first five years of a child’s life are critical in their cognitive, social and emotional development, and children who grow up in poverty are more likely to experience a cycle of disadvantage into adulthood.
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Breaking Down Barriers
The Breaking Down Barriers report series provides in depth analyses of questions that will help us to better understand the challenges faced by individuals, families, communities, and governments that affect the existence and persistence of deep and entrenched poverty and disadvantage in Australia.
Journeys Home: A Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Stability was a national survey of Australians who were either homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless.
Life Course Centre
Melbourne Institute hosts the Melbourne node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre), a national research centre that aims to identify the drivers of deep and persistent disadvantage.
Changing children's lives: the economic impact of early years education
With the first years of a child's life proven to have a life-long impact on their intellectual and emotional development, a pair of University of Melbourne economists are analysing the economic benefit of an innovative early years education program in Melbourne's north.