About the Program
This program provides educational services to homeless students and shelter staff who have multiple barriers to academic success, including but not limited to; a delay in school registration, severely limited access to academic enrichment programs, poor school attendance, and at times, unidentified special education needs that may contribute to poor academic performance and frequent suspensions.
How We Help
The staff provides technical assistance regarding educationally related issues for providers and/or shelter operators. We ensure school designation and registration for homeless students for those students designating the school district of the last permanent residence. We make sure that all homeless children requiring special education are placed in an appropriate and timely fashion. Children eligible for kindergarten are enrolled prior to the onset of the academic year and all homeless pre-school children are enrolled in appropriate CPSE programs.
Homelessness Has Significant, Lasting Impacts
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.
Homeless students experience greater school mobility than their non-homeless peers. School mobility can
cause interruptions to a child’s education and is associated with lower school achievement and an increased risk of dropping out of school.
Homeless students are at a greater risk of being chronically absent than their non-homeless peers.
Chronic absenteeism is associated with lower academic achievement and higher dropout rates.
Homeless students face significant gaps in high school graduation rates compared to their peers, according to data from the States that dis-aggregate graduation rates for homeless youths.