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Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

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.

Module 1: Overview of Family Homelessness

Explore this overview of family homelessness. Review the federal definition of "homeless children and youths" and assess your overall knowledge.

Module 2: Understanding Family Homelessness

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.

Module 3: Understanding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act's Definition of "Homeless"

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.

Last Updated: April 13, 2018