ERIC Number: ED396015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Promoting Children's Education in Homeless Families. For Parents/about Parents.
Homeless parents, like all parents, want their children to have a good education, and most are eager to help in any way they can. Some suggestions are offered for helping homeless parents become partners in their children's education. Parent concerns should be addressed directly. They should be assured that their children can learn, that schools will treat them fairly, that services like meal programs and social service referrals are not a sign of inferiority, and that schools take safety issues seriously. In addition, homeless parents should be told about services schools offer for parents, such as adult education and job training. Ways to involve parents begin with explaining to them why their involvement is important and encouraging activities that help them help their children. Parent participation and volunteering can be especially valuable in urban schools, where assets may be limited and many homeless people are located. Parents at a shelter may need special reassurance and information that tells them their rights and explains the opportunities available through the school. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Ancillary School Services, Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Homeless People, Job Training, Low Income Groups, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Urban Schools, Volunteers
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.
Note: Based on "School Programs and Practices for Homeless Students," a digest published by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education. For related documents, see UD 030 946-958.