ERIC Number: ED402407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Slipping through the Cracks: Three Years Later. A Paper of the Westchester Initiative for Homeless Children.
Plan for Social Excellence, Inc., Mt. Kisco, NY.
The Westchester Initiative for Homeless Children is an effort of the Plan for Social Excellence, Inc., to improve education. This report updates a 1993 report that studied the limited successes and ongoing challenges of educating homeless children in Westchester County (New York). This update examines changes in educational policy since the first study and assesses progress over the past 3 years. Data sources include Census figures, state legislation, other document reviews, information from advocacy groups, and an interview with an administrator from the county's homeless student program. The county has made an exemplary response to the problems of homeless children, largely through a collaborative program for homeless students. In 1995, 814 school-age children were identified as homeless in the county, and the program serves 850 to 900 students at any given time. New York State has established policy to ease school residency problems of homeless children in accord with the provisions of the McKinney Act for the homeless. Policy recommendations for the improvement of services begin by suggesting that the distribution and oversight of McKinney funds be improved. Student counting methods and records should be improved to allow clearer identification of problems, and more information should be available to improve access to services, participation in programs, and to reduce absenteeism. Interagency cooperation is necessary to assure the success of the McKinney Act and related programs provided by Westchester County. (Contains 73 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Children, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Homeless People, Longitudinal Studies, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Social Services, Student Mobility
Plan for Social Excellence, Inc., 111 Radio Circle, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 (first copy free; contact publisher for quantity price).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Plan for Social Excellence, Inc., Mt. Kisco, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987