ERIC Number: ED343968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: 0
And Miles To Go... Barriers to Academic Achievement and Innovative Strategies for the Delivery of Educational Services to Homeless Children.
Focuses on the educational needs of homeless children in New York City, obstacles to obtaining schooling and available services, and innovative strategies for the delivery of educational services. Part 1 provides an overview of the educational needs of homeless children, including a summary of the research literature on educational problems that they confront; Federal, New York State, and New York City responses; and a critique of the extent to which these initiatives address students' needs and barriers to services. Part 2 focuses on field-based research to identify the obstacles to education confronting homeless children in New York City. Barriers were identified by 22 community school district coordinators for the education of homeless children and youth who participated in structured interviews. These coordinators were responsible for ensuring the education of about 2,991 student from 3,747 families residing in 56 emergency shelter facilities. Included are 26 major findings. The following findings are highlighted: (1) preschoolers are rarely placed in available programs; (2) kindergarten children are routinely denied access to schooling; (3) transfers of school records pose significant barriers; (4) there are no systematic attendance outreach efforts for homeless children; (5) homeless children are not being admitted to their zoned schools; and (6) dropout services are rarely provided to homeless dropouts. Included are 10 tables, 4 appendices containing reproductions of pertinent regulations and legislation, and 100 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Children, Compulsory Education, Delivery Systems, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Homeless People, Inner City, State Legislation, Urban Problems, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, New York, NY.; Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.
Identifiers: New York (New York)