ERIC Number: EJ701113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 32
The Dynamics of Families Who Are Homeless: Implications for Early Childhood Educators
Swick, Kevin J.
Childhood Education, v80 n3 p116 Spr 2004
Family homelessness has emerged as a serious global problem (Stronge, 2000). Over the past 25 years in the United States, the makeup of the homeless population has changed significantly. As De Angelis (1994) reports: The landscape of homelessness has changed since the early 1980s, when nearly all homeless people were men. Today, families--typically women with two children under age 5--make up 30 percent of the homeless population. Some scholars suggest that families may constitute 40 to 50 percent of the homeless. Thus, the focus of this article is on articulating the various dynamics of families who are homeless, what this means for the early childhood education profession, and what strategies can be employed to effectively support homeless families with young children.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Housing Needs, Homeless People, Mothers, Family Structure, Family Needs, Family Programs, School Role
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States