Educational Outcomes for Youth and Children

The following are questions USICH has been deliberating since the release of Opening Doors. These are questions we are asking you to help us answer:

- Where has your community experienced the most success in helping youth and children experiencing or most at risk of homelessness access child care, preschool, elementary and secondary education, or post-secondary education? What elements have been key to successful efforts?
- How could administrative or regulatory mechanisms be used to increase access for families, youth and children experiencing homelessness in child care, early learning, elementary and secondary education, and post-secondary education?
- How could alignment between funding/policies and effective practices for youth be improved for pairing housing and services? How can federal resources and practices be wisely-aligned and cost-effectively applied to amplify your state/local work?
- What strategies have been effective in training homeless and housing providers on child and youth development?
- What are good examples of cross-disciplinary collaboration that have been effective in increasing and improving access to housing and education for youth and children experiencing or most at risk of homelessness?

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  1. Prevention is Less Expensive Than Homelessness

    Preventing homelessness is more cost-effective than trying to resettle a homeless family. Many fragile families could be kept in housing if quick access to funding for utilities, one or two months' rent, or help with health issues could be accessed. Our public schools are often the first and only contact fragile families to access help. Schools need funding to employ social workers who can help needy families access resources to keep them housed.

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    • School Liaisons

      School staff identified at each school to be liaison who is there for the homeless family/student and can provide resources and information as well as the go-to person for the staff and educator for staff who become aware of potential homeless students. This staff person should not be someone who is already wearing too many hats to be really available and helpful.

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      • Increase opportunities for free preschool/daycare/childcare

        Early education intervention is a proven component in childhood development and academic outcomes. Programs like Head Start are great but there needs to be more slots - and more programs that are free and don't cut off vouchers for parents who have part-time or low-wage full time jobs. It's so hard to maintain the empolyment if you don't have preschool/childcare.

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        • Connect families with young children to home visiting services and provide long-term support

          Implement home visiting programs that promote the safety, education, health, and development of low-income and at-risk children in high need communities. Homeless providers and advocates should encourage agencies implementing these programs to actively target these services to children experiencing homelessness.

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          • Explore the prevalence of housing instability for youth who are "at risk."

            The trouble with rallying an end to youth homelessness is that most resources are driven to "at risk" categories-- truancy, engagement with criminal justice, substance use, after school programming, etc. The role of stable housing isn't a factor in these programs. Ensuring that housing stability is a part of these funding streams would go a long way to linking housing to positive outcomes for youth.

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            • After School Enrichment

              Our organization has successfully implemented an after school and summer enrichment program for school age youth living in our emergency shelter or permanent supportive housing programs. The program is a partnership with the school system's Homeless Education Assistance Team and a non-profit provider of quality child care. Its mission is to provide academic enrichment and other services and programs that reinforce and complement school-based learning among participants. During the FY 2010-11 school year, 100 percent of our students maintained better than a 2.0 GPA, or C average, with 57 percent participants receiving “Honor Roll” status (3.0 or higher GPA or…

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              • wraparound services for parents in schools

                Child development is influenced by many contexts - one of the most important being parental involvement. However, it's difficult for parents to be connected to learning when they are focused on meeting basic needs, and this affects the educational success of the child. Schools cannot do this alone so communities need to step up and help parents learn about their rights and resources (and so schools don't take advantage of them). Most parents want to be involved, they just don't know where to start.

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                • Education with foster care

                  Increase standards of education within foster care group homes. So many youth lack the educational needs based on their level. When a youth turns 18 they are released from the center and expected to continue their education and housing needs on their own. So many (almost all) drop their educational goals. Forming transitional teams (including community members in identified areas (housing, education)) for each youth who meets with them continually before turning 18 and will continue assist and meet after being released from the home.. (Connecting to your Community)

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                    • Federally mandate that SNAP & TANF follow families like McKinney Vento does

                      Families who are homeless or who have recently exited homelessness struggle to maintain connection to benefits in Colorado because when they change counties - all their benefits must be switched. This makes families vulnerable ~ and we see lots of food insecurity because of it. We all know that children learn better when they are stable and fed. I believe that if families could maintain their benefits based on their "county of origin" (where they last lived before they entered homelessness) - similar to the way McKinney Vento helps children stay in their "school of origin" - it would improve…

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                      • streamline the entire process to increase access for the homeless

                        There are over 40 homeless service providers in my area each performing overlapping services with no centralized source of information regarding the mission, scope, goals, and needs of each member agency.
                        There is no regulatory mechanism for gaining support services. (i.e., no wrong entry point) There is also no linear service delivery model – outlining the services to put in place and when. Each individual has a completely unique experience with support services.
                        There is a lot of talking between service providers but no effective communication for sharing best practices or making timely referrals. You have clients spending their days…

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                        • Develop porgrams focused on delivering screening and Headstart type programs in shelters, travelling preschools

                          Our continuum has partnered with children serving programs to ensure that young homeless children are given the best chance to succeed when they enter school. The standard benchmarks are used to measure readiness that are used with non-homeless children. Early screening of hearing and visual impairments have also helped support readiness to learn. School age children's academic performance is monitored in our shelter to ensure tht resoruces are accessed if a child needs tutoring or other special assistance.

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                          • Project /Developments for homless youths.

                            There need to be a federal program working in collaboration with various state entities to ensure youth or young adults persuing their education be allowed to enter into a (SRO) -Single resident occupancy. This agreement should be introduced to various developers willing to invest in communities .This development should be a project that targets "homless youths or young adults.

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                            • expand the flexibility with which homeless children are allowed to choose schools.

                              While homeless youth are eligible to attend any school they wish while homeless, in many locations once that youth becomes housed, they are required to change schools and attend their district school. While for some youth this is the best option, for others, this represents yet another disruption to schooling. Some states, such as IL, have passed legislation allowing homeless youth to stay in their schools for the remainder of the year once housed, but this legislation needs to exist everywhere.

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                              • Provide more funding for transportation of homeless students to and from school.

                                More than often some school systems complain of not having enough funding for school bus transportation of homeless students to and from school of origin. It is key that these children/youth get to and from school in a safe manner as well as to enhance attendance and school success.

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                                • Continue to have homeless liaisons in schools districts

                                  Often school homeless liaisons help enroll homeless students, assist with arranging transportation to school of origins, help with school supplies, collaborate/advocate with parents, school staff and administration and community resources on behalf of homeless students, monitor movement of homeless students and more. The homeless liaisons need to be maintained and funded in order to help homeless children/youth and their families in order to end the cycle of homelessness.

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                                    • Educational Advocates for Homeless Youth

                                      Youth need someone that knows them and can help them understand their options, work with parents, advocate for support services, and develop individualized plans that support the individual child. Many homeless youth experience unique educational challenges that a trained advocate would understand and have strategies to address.

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                                      • Support public-private partnerships

                                        Encourage public-private partnerships between nonprofits, government, health care organizations, local businesses, and schools that seek to integrate diverse yet important supports and resources for children and youth. Efforts to support and educate young people must be aligned among a wide array of stakeholders - from afterschool and summer programs and youth development organizations to parents themselves – and should be recognized as part of a seamless pipeline of providers who educate and develop the whole student.

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                                        • Stop creating and funding projects that eliminate public, and affordable housing stock

                                          Rather than seek ways and means to refurbish old public housing and providing incentives to re-model foreclosed properties, HUD has supported and encouraged programs that demolish affordable housing stock for low income residents. In Louisville, where we have over 8,000 homeless school aged children, these types of affordable housing options are necessary to create safe home environments for children and their families.

                                          I would encourage HUD to partner with non-profits, for profit developers, city planners, and ACTUAL AFFECTED residents of these communities to develop LONG TERM, intersectional (this involves a multitude of solutions: Housing, job training, counseling both financial and…

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