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.
On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” HR 2353. SchoolHouse Connection applauds the passage of this legislation, which will improve access to high-quality career and technical education for youth experiencing homelessness. For many homeless youth, career and technical education may offer the best path to living-wage employment that will help them escape poverty, and therefore never experience homelessness again.read more
We are pleased to kick off our webinar series with two June webinars: “Increasing Access to Preschool and Early Childhood Education,” and “Understanding Federal Student Aid Policy and Practice for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.”read more
By Dakota Chronis, Student, North Seattle Community College. Early in life I struggled significantly with schooling because there were many basic needs that I never had met. I lived in unsafe environments due to financial instability. The constant threat of being harmed or becoming sick was scary because I didn’t have access to medical care. My untreated chronic health issues prevented me from focusing on schooling.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.