Interactive Homelessness Lessons
The Interactive Homelessness Lessons were designed to strengthen the knowledge and skills of all staff who work with families experiencing homelessness. The lessons include useful strategies, compelling parent stories, experiences and lessons learned shared by Head Start and Early Head Start programs as well as LEA Homeless Liaisons, sample documents and much more.
The Interactive Homelessness Lessons support staff in determining:
- How the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness relates to the Head Start and Early Head Start community;
- How to establish eligibility for children experiencing homelessness;
- Which practices are most effective when identifying and providing outreach to families in homeless situations;
- Enrollment strategies that are most appropriate for families experiencing homelessness;
- How to develop collaborative relationships with families who are experiencing homelessness; and
- How to create collaborations with the community in an effort to support families experiencing homelessness.
The lessons may be used in a variety of professional development settings and will assist service providers in their planning to increase opportunities for families experiencing homelessness.
Last Reviewed: April 2012
Last Updated: February 6, 2013
- America’s Invisible Children
- Expanding Early Care and Education for Families Experiencing Homelessness
- Interactive Homelessness Lessons
- 45 CFR 1304.40(b)(1)(i - ii) Access to Community Services and Resources
- Confirming Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Services: Do's and Don'ts for Local Liaisons
- Determining Eligibility for Rights and Services Under the McKinney-Vento Act
- FirstStep: A Tool for Case Managers
- Head Start Demonstration Projects Serving Homeless Families
- Responding to Families in Crisis
- State Coordinators for the Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- The Educational Rights of Students in Homeless Situations: What Service Providers Should Know
- Who is Homeless?
- Work As A Priority