Expanding Early Care and Education for Families Experiencing Homelessness

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Letter from the Administration for Children and Families, the Office of Head Start, and the Office of Child Care on Expanding Early Care and Education for Families Experiencing Homelessness
This joint letter from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development at HHS, the Director of the Office of Head Start, and the Director of the Office of Child Care stresses the importance of providing early care and education (ECE) services to homeless children and identifies key early childhood policy and procedural priorities that support this endeavor.

Policies and Procedures to Increase Access to ECE Services for Homeless Children and Families
Two of the major federal programs serving young children, Head Start and the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), are administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). This document describes policies and related suggestions for how states and programs can serve homeless children and families through these programs.

Strategies for Increasing Early Childhood Education Services for Homeless Children
The strategies outlined in this document may help service providers and advocates at the state and local levels to better understand and coordinate existing laws and policies that impact the ability of homeless families to access early care and education programs.

Early Childhood and Family Homelessness Resource List 
Find articles, interactive media, and Web links to resources and organizations that support children and families experiencing homelessness.

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Head Start Interactive Homelessness Lessons
The Interactive Homelessness Lessons were designed to strengthen the knowledge and skills of Head Start staff who work with families experiencing homelessness. The lessons include: useful strategies; compelling parent stories; experiences and lessons learned shared by actual Head Start and Early Head Start program staff, as well as homeless liaisons from local education agencies; sample documents; and much more.

 

Last Reviewed: January 2013

Last Updated: March 5, 2013