These modules are now available on the Individualized Professional Development (iPD) Portfolio, where continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded upon course completion. You can also use the series as a training tool with professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care programs, and other key early childhood stakeholders.
Enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act's definition of "homeless" as it refers to children and youth. Review other relevant federal regulations for Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)-subsidized programs.
This interactive learning series is intended for professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care, including early childhood and school-age child care providers, CCDF Lead Agency or designated entity staff, and other key stakeholders. Learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and much more.
Certificates of Completion
Knowledge checks, practice scenarios, and interactive learning modules will help deepen your understanding of family homelessness. Each module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending on your level of experience. When you finish all sections of the module, download your Certificate of Completion.
Explore this overview of family homelessness. Review the federal definition of "homeless children and youths" and assess your overall knowledge.
Learn the facts about family homelessness. Explore the federal laws and regulations that govern Head Start, Early Head Start, and CCDF-funded early childhood and school-age child care programs.
It is important for early childhood professionals to understand the federal definition of “homeless children and youth.” Find out how staff use it in their work with children to identify families experiencing homelessness and how programs use it to enhance outreach efforts.
Find out how to determine if a family's situation meets the federal definition of "homeless" for children. Learn to use respectful and strengths-based strategies in your conversations with families.
Learn how to identify and reach out to families experiencing homelessness. Discover local- and state-level partners you can connect with to enhance your efforts in these areas.
Learn the seven strategies to expedite enrollment into early childhood and school-age care services. Also, explore how to enhance participation and continuity of care for children experiencing homelessness.
Explore the concepts of family engagement and how to engage families experiencing homelessness. Learn to apply these strategies using real-life scenarios.
Discover the importance of connecting with community partners to provide supports and services for children and families experiencing homelessness. Explore strategies to build and broaden these connections.
Explore this module to learn about family homelessness as a result of domestic violence. Learn how to partner with families and identify local and state programs for domestic violence prevention and response.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Parent, Family and Community Engagement
Audience: Family Service Workers
Last Updated: December 19, 2023