Family Support & Well-being

Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

a boy asleep in a bedMore than 1 million children ages birth to 6 experience homelessness in the U.S. These children are automatically eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Homelessness is a circumstance families may experience when they are faced with such challenges as extreme poverty and lack of affordable housing. It can also occur when a family's current living situation becomes unsafe or unstable.

Homelessness is a state of vulnerability for children and families. It can expose families to physical, mental, and developmental risks. Head Start programs can provide needed support to children and families.

Explore relevant eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance (ERSEA) strategies and resources for supporting families in your program.

Key Resources

ERSEA

Building Responsive Relationships with Families

Staff and Partners

Family Homelessness: State and Community Maps

The "Home at Head Start" Campaign