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Guide to Using Sesame Street in Communities’ Resources on Family Homelessness

Sesame Street in Communities has produced free, bilingual resources for children and families experiencing homelessness and the providers who serve them. There are many different kinds of providers, including school district homeless liaisons, early childhood programs, and homeless assistance and housing programs. To help these providers quickly begin to use Sesame Street content in the context of their specific work, SchoolHouse Connection has produced brief suggestions, organized by provider role. Also, because there is a role for all of us in supporting children and families experiencing homelessness, we offer suggestions for the general public, as well as for children and youth who wish to help other children and youth.

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“The Red Door”

By Barbara Anita Baldwin, Senior Coordinator of Site Management, Early Learning Division, ABCD Inc., Bridgeport, CT. "One day, he looked out the window watching the construction outside. I asked him what he was thinking. He stated that he was tired of the doors always changing color. I asked him, “What color were the doors?”  He told me red, brown, and blue.  He stated he just wanted to get back to his door. The red door."

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First State Bills for 2019 Introduced, with More on the Way

Although state legislatures will not begin considering new legislation until early next year, SchoolHouse Connection and our state policy partners have been working feverishly for months to prepare. Last week, our first bill was introduced: a higher education bill in the Texas state legislature. Proposals in other states will tackle higher education, vital documents, minor consent, credit accrual, child care, employment, and transportation.

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5 Guides to Help Homeless College Students in California

The California Homeless Youth Project and SchoolHouse Connection are proud to announce a series of five practical guides to support homeless and low-income college students in California. These series provide concise overviews of the five greatest needs of students experiencing homelessness: housing resources, CalFresh application assistance, FAFSA completion, mental health services, and access to supportive services outside of the school.

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Is Your College Food Pantry Ready for the Chopped Challenge?

Many college students experiencing homelessness are also hungry and food insecure. In response, some colleges and universities create food banks and food pantries. In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we highlight Holyoke Community College's unique strategy to raise awareness, partner with faculty, and create delicious recipes by creating a “Chopped Challenge.” Read here.

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Newly Enacted Opioid Bill Could Help Homeless Children, Youth, and Families

On Wednesday, October 24, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation, H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. The legislation contains many provisions that could help children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness who are impacted by the opioid crisis, as well as provisions to help all children and youth who experience trauma.

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3 Things I Learned at RealCollege

By Jillian Sitjar, Program Manager of Higher Education at SchoolHouse Connection. "Attending #RealCollege 2018 was a “crash course” in the best sort of way. This conference was unlike any I have ever attended. Here are my top three reflections of the #RealCollege Covening."

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