ERIC Number: ED397140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Educational Needs of Homeless Children and Families. Access to Success.
Access to Success, v1 n3 Jan 1993
The role and importance of education for homeless children and families particularly in New York City at the Homes for the Homeless organization are considered. The educational needs and role of parents are also explored. Education is a key component in the struggle against poverty, and parents need to embrace education both to move toward greater economic security and to be able to foster their children's education. Education initiatives at Homes for the Homeless which use a family-based approach to education, are described. The programs include early childhood education in the "Jump-Start" Program, which uses a variation of the High/Scope curriculum (an educational method developed at the University of Michigan and known for its effective application with at-risk and disadvantaged children). Children in this program have shown rapid developmental, social, and emotional growth. The "Learning Fast-Track" developed for school-aged children is based on an educational model developed by Henry Levin at Stanford University. Program participants show significantly improved attendance and academic gains. The following steps toward improving the educational opportunities of homeless families are highlighted: (1) expand the availability of educational programs; (2) establish accelerated afterschool learning programs; (3) develop Healthy Living Centers; and (4) establish Learning Centers for adults. Contains 10 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Family Programs, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Parent Role, Poverty, Preschool Education, Urban Education
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: High Scope Demonstration Preschool Project; New York (New York); Transitional Service Centers