Reports & Briefs on Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
- Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: CCDF State Guide [pdf]
- Promising practices for children experiencing homelessness: A look at two states [pdf]
- Services for families of infants and toddlers experiencing trauma
- Early care and education for young children experiencing homelessness [pdf]
- Head Start and housing (in)stability: Examining the school readiness of children experiencing homelessness [pdf]
- Home at Head Start: Helping Families Experiencing Homelessness Access Head Start Services is a national initiative to increase the number of young children experiencing homelessnes enrolled in Head Start.
- Sesame Workshop Launches Nationwide Initiative to Address the Impact of Homelessness Among America’s Youngest Children
- The Administration for Children & Families is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. The website provides information and resources to assist early childhood programs in meeting the needs families, children, and communities. A general introductory letter outlines several recommendations for increasing early care and education for homeless children, such as prioritizing access to services and offering flexibility. A policies and procedures document and a strategies document were developed to provide policies and related suggestions for how states and program can increase access to early care and education services. In addition, a resource list has been compiled to further clarify policy options for ensuring more homeless children and families are served in child care and Head Start programs.
- Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters. Family shelters have the potential to be a positive, stable force in the lives of displaced children and mitigate the negative impact that homelessness can have on their development by creating an environment that is safe and developmentally appropriate.
Early Childhood Partners
- Wingspan is dedicated to developing young children’s social-emotional skills, problem-solving abilities, and healthy decision-making.
- Al’s Pals is a comprehensive curriculum and teacher training program that equips teachers to create an emotionally safe, trauma-sensitive classroom where children learn to form caring relationships, self-regulate, and acquire key social-emotional skills. See how Al’s Pals aligns with trauma-informed practices [pdf].