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Wright, Travis; Ochrach, Chase; Blaydes, Madison; Fetter, Anna – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Rates of homelessness are worsening in the United States, with a third of individuals experiencing homelessness being families with children. These families face many challenges, including limited social supports, insufficient access to services, and mental health concerns. These challenges inform a nuanced worldview, leading parents experiencing…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Access to Education, Head Start, Disadvantaged Youth
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Zeak, Glenna – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Recounts author's life as wife of an abusive alcoholic and mother of three preschool children. Describes how, through exposure to Head Start, the author provided her children with a preschool education, gained personal self-esteem, educated herself, left the abusive relationship, and ultimately returned to Head Start as a teacher. (SD)
Descriptors: Battered Women, Early Childhood Education, Family Problems, Family Programs
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Russo, Theresa J.; Fallon, Moira A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2001
This study investigated perceived levels of stress among military families who have a young child with a disability. Findings clearly show family stress increasing due to the combined demands of military life and caring for a disabled child, as well as other perceived stressors. Findings underscore the need for and benefits of a family service…
Descriptors: Coping, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Family Life
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Houle, Gail Ruppert – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1996
Argues that many disabilities among children are increasingly attributable to environmental variables such as violence, poverty, toxic exposure, and family dysfunction. Notes that special education professionals have had primary responsibility for providing specialized services to disabled children and are uniquely qualified to provide resources,…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Child Abuse, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education