ERIC Number: ED357111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Homeless Children and Youth in Utah. 1991 Report.
Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
A study was done of the numbers and educational status of homeless children in the state of Utah in 1991. A survey was conducted using data provided by 31 shelters statewide and included children and youth who were provided shelter at any time during the year. The total count of 4,894 homeless children and youth, when corrected for general population growth, represents an increase of approximately 3 percent of the homeless child count over the 1990 count. The largest concentration of homeless children and youth was found in Salt Lake City (32 percent), the second largest concentration was found in Ogden (20 percent), the third largest concentration was found in Provo (13 percent), and the fourth largest number was found in St. George (8 percent). The remaining individuals were scattered in rural communities throughout Utah. School attendance data showed that 63 percent of elementary school-age homeless children received services from local school districts. School districts served 71 percent of the homeless middle school children and 48 percent of the high school youth. Only 39 percent of preschool (3-4 year olds) homeless children received education services. Barriers to school attendance continued to be lack of transportation, appropriate clothing, medical care, and food. Appendixes contain data sources, the survey instrument, and definitions. (JB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Demography, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Geographic Distribution, Homeless People, Population Trends, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Secondary School Students, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah