Education Resources

Webinar: Enrolling Children and Young Families Experiencing Homelessness in Early Head Start

Building strong working relationships with community partners is key to supporting children and families experiencing homelessness. Early Head Start (EHS) programs can prioritize enrollment for pregnant and parenting young families experiencing homelessness by building partnerships with local Transitional Living Programs and Maternity Group Homes (MGH). Partnerships between EHS and MGH programs can increase critical supports to young families experiencing homelessness. In this webinar, learn about the MGH program, funded by the Administration for Children and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau. Discover how one MGH and EHS program are working together to serve the needs of pregnant and parenting youth experiencing homelessness.

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Identifying and Supporting Young Children in Families Experiencing Homelessness

A new report from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in partnership with Child Trends discusses how families with young children who are experiencing homelessness can successfully access early care and education. The two-part report also describes how states and communities can better use data to estimate rates of childhood homelessness and identify children experiencing homelessness.

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The Connection between Life Expectancy and Educational Opportunity

Child Trends has published new research exploring the impact of teens’ educational opportunity on life expectancy. According to the report, teens living in neighborhoods with rigorous academic content, experienced teachers, and supportive learning conditions and nonacademic support live longer than teens in neighborhoods with fewer educational resources. Researchers acknowledge that educational opportunity is estimated to account for only six percent of differences in life expectancy, but argue that its role is nonetheless meaningful and actionable.

View the report and maps here


Education and Homelessness

The latest research brief from Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count series addresses educational disruption among youth experiencing homelessness. Missed Opportunities: Education Among Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America includes a summary of policies related to education for RHY; comprehensive recommendations for education and homeless services systems to address overlapping issues; and significant findings from Voices of Youth Count surveys. The report argues that housing and education are inextricably linked and that promoting youth’s success in either domain requires systemic solutions—in other words, stable housing is linked to staying in school and school success protects against future homelessness.

Read the brief and find links to the entire series here:


Education and Career Toolkit for Youth

Youth Engaged 4 Change has developed an education and career toolkit by youth, for youth. The online kit was compiled by youth interns in the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs and includes a collection of resources organized by themes—such as uncovering and evaluating educational options, financing and affording an education, figuring out what job and career opportunities are the right ‘fit,’ and finding those jobs. Included resources were vetted for reliability, affordability, and youth-friendly qualities.

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Personal Navigators Increase Higher Education Access

A recent Seattle Times article describes work being done by Seattle Education Access (SEA), a small nonprofit organization in Washington State, which uses personal navigators to connect young people with higher education and to help them succeed once they enroll. The program targets “opportunity youth,” young people ages 16-24 who are not currently in school or working. A recent evaluation of the program conducted by Urban Institute showed promising results: two-thirds of the young people engaged with SEA enrolled in college, compared to only 23% of disconnected youth trying to make it on their own. Seventy-one percent of participants remained enrolled for four quarters following engagement.

Learn more about SEA’s approach here:


How Universities Can Build Support for RHY

A new article from Youth Today argues that colleges and universities need to do more for young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability in their institutions. Authors provide suggestions for better serving students who are housing insecure, including: not using the word ‘homeless’ which can be shaming; gathering data on the scope of the problem on campus; and broadcasting what resources are available in the community for affected students.

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Colleges Take Steps to Assist Homeless Students

Recent news in USA Today describes the experiences of young people who become homeless while attending four-year colleges, and how schools are responding. In addition to advocating for funding to meet students’ basic needs while attending state schools, colleges are taking short-term steps—for example, designating parking lots where youth can safely sleep in their cars; connecting students with host homes; opening dorms during school breaks; and allowing students to live in unoccupied dorm rooms at nearby colleges.

Explore strategies here:


Higher Education Is Still Worth It, Especially for Low-Income Students

A new article from Hechinger Report comments on the risks of avoiding college based on popular opinion that it isn’t a good investment. Though many now doubt a four-year degree will lead to good jobs and higher income, the fact remains that, for young people growing up in poverty or without family support, a college degree is the most reliable path to upward economic mobility. The author describes strategies for reducing financial risks and maximizing long-term benefits of college for young people.

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Free Webinars from National Center for Homeless Education

NCHE recently updated its calendar of live webinars scheduled for January-April 2019. Though a primary focus of these webinars is understanding young people’s rights and services under McKinney-Vento, the current list also includes sessions on overcoming barriers to college attendance for RHY, and how to know when “doubled up” meets or does not meet McKinney-Vento eligibility criteria.

Learn more here:

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