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 President’s FY2018 “skinny budget” proposes significant cuts in domestic funding. A bi-partisan Dear Colleague letter requesting support for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) program is being circulated now, with a deadline of April 3 for Members of Congress to sign-on.read more
Baseball’s spring training may be wrapping up, but schools’ spring trainings are just getting underway. With that in mind, we are pleased to share our new ESSA PowerPoint template. All are welcome to download, edit and use this template, which includes the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, new research, a pop quiz, an interactive exercise, sound clips from youth, and new resources.read more
By Anne Giordano, Early Childhood Consultant, Litchfield, CT. What is it like to be tiny, and homeless? What might it be like to be pregnant and homeless? And what are the short and long term consequences?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.