Early Childhood

Early Care and Education Advocacy: A Tip Sheet for Housing and Homeless Assistance Providers

This short document provides basic information to help housing and homeless assistance providers advocate with their families and youth for appropriate educational services, from birth through higher education. The rights and protections outlined here apply to all children and youth experiencing homelessness, as defined by the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento Act.


http://youth.gov/youth-topics/runaway-and-homeless-youth/resources-young-parents-children Youth.gov, the federal government’s online portal that provides information on funding and implementing evidence-based youth programs, has developed a webpage focused on young parents experiencing homelessness and their children. Practitioners, policymakers, and young parents can use this online database to find resources about programs, guidance, practices, and supports available to young homeless parents and… Read more »

Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness

On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Education released a joint policy statement providing recommendations on ways in which early childhood and housing providers at the local and, in some cases, State levels can collaborate to provide… Read more »

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Early Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essaelguidance10202016.pdf The U.S. Department of Education released Non-Regulatory Guidance: Early Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Highlights from the guidance follow: PRESCHOOL SUPPORTS UNDER MCKINNEY-VENTO (pages 12-13) The guidance summarizes key supports for young homeless children included in ESSA amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act. These supports include requiring SEAs and LEAs to review and… Read more »

Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY Fact Sheet)

Research and data, including surveys of homeless and formerly homeless youths, indicate that experiencing homelessness can have significant negative impacts on children academically, socially, and emotionally. The Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) program, authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), is designed to address the needs of homeless children and youths… Read more »

CCDF Homelessness State Guide

Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness:  Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Guide

This guide is intended to assist states in utilizing their CCDF state plan (“CCDF Plan”) as a vehicle for improving access to high-quality early care and education for children who experience homelessness. The guide provides background information on child and family homelessness, including common barriers and challenges and best practices for serving homeless families; a summary of requirements of the CCDBG Act related to homelessness; and a summary of some of the opportunities available through the state CCDF Plan to improve access.