Education is Essential.
Education, from early childhood through post-secondary, gives children and youth the tools to end their homelessness and achieve their dreams.
Changes must be rooted in the realities of local communities.
Prevention must be a priority.
We will not solve adult homelessness until the complex realities and comprehensive needs of children and youth take a front seat in policy and practice.
Young people are the experts on their experiences and needs.
Child and Youth Development
The developmental needs of children and youth must be central to all advocacy, program design, outcome measures, and policy.
The final FY2017 budget increases funding for many education and homeless programs. Prospects for the FY2018 budget may be much different. Learn how education and homeless programs fared in the final FY17, and what may lie ahead.read more
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) created important new requirements and opportunities for serving children and youth experiencing homelessness through Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The ESSA amendments to Title I Part A go into effect in the 2017-2018 school year. Learn what’s new, including a sample needs assessment and new summaries.read more
By Lisa Berglund, Masters in Public Policy, University of Maryland. When I met Trevon* at the therapeutic nursery at his family’s shelter in Baltimore, his teacher gave me a warning. “Be careful about getting close to him,” she said. “He gets scared around strangers.” This little boy, not yet two years old, had already been through significant trauma in his short life, which made him wary of his surroundings.read more
Infants are at greater risk of living in homeless shelters than any other age group in the United States. Early childhood programs prevent the harmful life-long effects of homelessness on education, health and well-being.
In the 2014-15 school year, public schools identified more than 1.2 million homeless students. Schools provide basic needs, caring adults, stability, normalcy, and the skills to avoid homelessness as adults.
The majority of well-paying jobs created today require at least a Bachelor’s degree. A college degree is increasingly necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and live a healthy, productive life.