Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness Preconference Institute. National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth 24rd Annual Conference | Albuquerque, New Mexico October 27, 2012. Young Homeless Children: National Numbers and Trends.
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National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
24rd Annual Conference | Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 27, 2012
Source: Head Start Program Information Reports 2008-2012
Take a moment to reflect on the impact of homelessness on young children and their families and the relevance of this information to your work. Jot down a phrase or two to record your thoughts.
Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH)
Authorizes and amends the McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs administered by HUD
Signed into law May 2009
Regulations have been issued
Hearth act: new hud assurances related to CHILDREN
“ Housing (HEARTH)Project applicants must demonstrate that programs that provide housing or services to families are designating a staff person to ensure that children are enrolled in school and connected to the appropriate services within the community, including early childhood programs such as Head Start, Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, and McKinney-Vento education services”
Hearth act: hudassurances related to young children
included other programs & initiatives like Job Corps and Community Action Agencies
~ break the cycle of poverty
~ empower low-income families
~ social competence
~ school readiness
Head Start mandates COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES to children and families - a unique feature of the program
Head Start Program Services:
Head Start Act of 2007 allows programs to explore changing program designs to meet changing needs based on their local community assessment
Enrollment primarily based on federal poverty
At least 10% of children must have active IEP/IFSP
Additional categorical eligibility:
Head Start & Early Head Start Housing (HEARTH)
State Pre-Kindergarten Programs
Other Early Care and Education PartnersEarly Care and Education Landscape
Work with someone sitting near you to complete the Early Childhood Development, Care and Education Infrastructure in My State/ Community for either the state or local level
If you cannot complete a cell, use the Early Childhood Development, Care and Education Resource List to find a resource for obtaining the name, contact information you need to complete our grid.
You will have 5 minutes for this activity.
Take a moment to reflect on existing and potential resources in your community. What do you need to learn about them so that you can work together to support young children and families? Jot down a phrase or two to record your thoughts.
Head Start & ECEAP Programs could adopt a number of strategies to reach homeless families:
Reaching Children Where They Are: Housing (HEARTH)Using Federal Funding to Support Comprehensive Services in Child Care
Senior Policy Analyst
Child Care and Early Education
May 1, 2012
Programs showing lasting benefits of high quality early education focused on whole child and included comprehensive services.
Increased attention to school readiness, child outcomes, return on investment.
Increased poverty has increased need for comprehensive services.
Connection and access to preventive health care services, such as assistance in connecting to medical homes, preventive dental screenings, and tracking of vaccination and medical screening records;
Support for emotional, social and cognitive development, including screening to identify developmental delays, mental health concerns, and other conditions that may warrant early intervention, mental health services, or educational interventions;
Family leadership and support, including parent leadership development, parenting support, abuse prevention strategies, and connecting families to needed social services.
Maternal and Child Health – Title V
Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
Home Visiting – Evidence Based and MIECHV
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
Elementary and Secondary Education -Title I
SAMHSA (Project LAUNCH)
Funding direct services in a child care setting
Funding coordination of services that take place either inside or outside of the setting
Training child care staff to provide services
Funding materials and supplies to provide services
Take a moment to reflect on the various strategies that can be used to overcome barriers and new approaches you might try in your program and community. Jot down a phrase or two to record your thoughts.
In your small group, read through the scenarios on your table and answer the question: What would you do?
Using your three reflections on the work we’ve done today, take a moment to record an action or two that you will take when you return to your program
Share your Action Plan with another person, or two, or three.....
Office of Head Start – Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center – Search ECLKC - enter “homelessness”
Go to: Training and Technical Assistance System:
From there, go to Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
From there, go to Crisis Support
From there, go to Homelessness Online Lessons
Francine K. Hahn, Staff Attorney
Homeless Persons Representation Project
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 1104
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-685-6589, x-12
Bettye J. Poole, BLS, MPSA
McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison, EVSC
123 Main Street, Downtown
Evansville IN 47708
Phone: 812-435-8275 [email protected]
Grace C. Whitney, PhD, MPA, IMH-E(IV)
CT Head Start State Collaboration Office
CT State Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Email: [email protected]