Earlier this year, public schools and early childhood programs reported the highest number of children and youth experiencing homelessness ever recorded – 1.5 million. This number is skyrocketing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is one home that all youth and children have in common: school.
In the midst of the current crisis, the role of schools has never been more critical – no matter where classrooms are this fall. Schools are required to identify, enroll, and serve homeless children and youth, but distance learning and other COVID-related complications mean it is easier than ever for them to fall through the cracks. It’s vital that families and youth who are homeless know their educational rights, and how to exercise them.
To help spread the word and give communities a starting place for engaging with this issue, SchoolHouse Connection announces two public service announcements aimed at reaching families, educators, and community organizations and leaders.
Whether you are a parent or youth experiencing homelessness or someone who works with families and children, the resources on THIS page are here to help, and we hope you will share them far and wide. It will take all of us working together to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.