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ERIC Number: ED574623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Early Care and Education for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness. Best Practices in Homeless Education Brief Series
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Given the number of young children experiencing homelessness and its devastating impacts on development, preschool programs play a critical role in meeting these children's need for quality early care and education; yet, most young homeless children do not receive early childhood services. Many barriers limit access to early childhood programs for these children, including: (1) the high mobility accompanying homelessness; (2) lack of documents needed to enroll in early care programs; (3) lack of transportation; (4) an overall scarcity of early childhood programs and/or shortage of classroom slots; and (5) lack of awareness of homelessness among early childhood providers. Through strategic and collaborative action, State Coordinators for homeless education and local homeless education liaisons can help overcome these barriers and increase young homeless children's participation in quality early care and education programs. This brief provides information and suggests best practices to facilitate collaboration between schools, service provider agencies, and early childhood programs, and to increase the enrollment of and provision of services to families with young children experiencing homelessness.
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge Street 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27435. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE; National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987; Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I