How a Stable Home Creates Smarter, More Successful Students

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Home is a powerful thing for a child's development

There are many factors that work together to create a happy, loving home environment. According to a report from the CDC, three critical qualities that are necessary for children as they grow and develop are safety, stability, and nurturing.

Safety is defined as the extent to which a child is free from fear and secure from physical or psychological harm within their social and physical environment. Stability is the degree of predictability and consistency in a child’s social, emotional, and physical environment. Finally, nurturing is the extent to which a parent or caregiver is available and able to sensitively and consistently respond to and meet the needs of their child.

The way children experience the world is through their first relationships with parents, caregivers and other figures in their lives. When a child has a safe, stable and nurturing environment in which to grow up, he or she is given a buffer against the effects of potential stress and other factors that may affect healthy brain development. 

A child's homelife plays an important role in this and when his or her home feels like a safe, stable place, it can have a positive impact on a broad range of health issues and development of skills that will help him reach his full potential. 

This week on the Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman speaks with Pam Ealey, executive director of the Putnam County Habitat for Humanity. They will discuss the importance of providing safe, affordable housing opportunities to families as a way to impact communities as well as how students learn. 

Each spring the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases data about household incomes. Did you know that since 2013, the annual gross median income for families in Putnam County has dropped from $54k to $42k? What's more, according to a survey from the Federal Reserve Board, about 47 percent of Americans would have serious trouble paying for a $400 emergency should one arise. 

Author Neal Gabler wrote about this issue his in his article "The Shame of the Middle Class." You can find out more about it at Next Avenue, a PBS content partner.

Want to create a more emotionally stable home environment for your family? Check out this article from PBS Parents with tips and information. Routines play a role in this as well. Click here to read more about the power of routines in your home. 

Putnam County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with God and families in need. The organization believes that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and stability. They strive to rid Putnam County and the world of substandard housing and homelessness. And they invite volunteers and partners of all backgrounds to join us in this work. 


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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