|Homelessness of the child’s
family. (22-28-106 (1) (a.5) (II) C.R.S.).
According to the McKinney-Vento Act, a homeless individual is one who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence which includes children and families who:
|Significance of Factor in regards to School Readiness||Children in unstable housing
situations are at higher risk for poor nutrition and
chronic health problems. Homeless children are more than twice as likely as other children to exhibit signs of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. They also are 1.5 to 2.5 times more likely to perform below grade level in reading, spelling, and math.
Families with children are by most accounts among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. In the recent economic downturn, school districts across the nation have reported a significant jump in their homeless student populations. Schools are a vital setting in which
to provide stability and safety to homeless children.
|How It May Be Documented||
Duffield, B. & Lovell, P. (December, 2008). The economic crisis hits home: The unfolding increase in child and youth homelessness.National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Retrieved July 9, 2009, from http://www.naehcy.org/dl/TheEconomicCrisisHitsHome.pdf
Rubin, H., Erickson, J., San Agustin, M., Cleary, D., Allen, J. K., & Cohen, P. (1996). Cognitive and academic functioning of homeless children compared with housed children. Pediatrics, 93, 289-294.
National Coalition for the Homeless. (June
2008). Education of Homeless Children and Youth. NCH Fact
Sheet #10. Retrieved July 9, 2009, from
Additional Resources for Families and Staff:
CDE Unit for Education for Homeless Children and Youth, http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprevention/homeless_index.htm
Helping Young Children Grow & Learn: A Guide For Families & Shelter Providers, http://education.wm.edu/centers/hope/publications/infobriefs/documents/ECSE_family.pdf
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, http://www.naehcy.org/
What Educators Can Do: Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, http://education.wm.edu/centers/hope/publications/infobriefs/documents/teacherinfobrief.pdf
When Can We Go Home? An Activity Book for Kids Who’ve Had To Leave Their Homes, http://education.wm.edu/centers/hope/publications/documents/whencanwegohome.pdf
What Doctors Should Know About… The Impact
of Homelessness on Young Children,
Using the Best That We Know: Supporting
Young Children Experiencing Homelessness,