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ERIC Number: ED594827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Homelessness in NYC Elementary Schools: Student Experiences and Educator Perspectives. Equity, Access and Diversity
Hill, Kathryn; Mirakhur, Zitsi
Research Alliance for New York City Schools
The large and growing number of New York City (NYC) students who lack stable housing has recently received much attention from advocates, researchers, educators, and policymakers. This new brief highlights not only that the City's rates of student homelessness have increased, but also that the problem is most prevalent during the elementary years--a time that is crucial for students' long-term academic success. The study makes several important contributions to the existing research on student homelessness in NYC. Focusing on students who began kindergarten in the fall of 2012 and following them for a full five years, the study explores the multiple ways in which young children experience homelessness over time, including differences in their type and duration of housing instability. It also draws on interviews with educators to document challenges that schools face in serving large numbers of homeless students, as well as practices that school staff say contribute to improving homeless students' educational experiences. The brief outlines a number of important questions raised by these findings, including questions about the concentration of very poor students in specific neighborhoods and elementary schools; the potential to provide educators with better data about homeless students; and the level and type of staffing required to support these students effectively. Our findings also point to the need for better evidence about school-community based organizations (CBO) partnerships and their capacity to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of homeless students.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Walton Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: New York University, Research Alliance for New York City Schools
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)