Newsletter (March 6, 2024)

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Join SHC’s Upcoming Webinars on School Readiness, Transportation, and Infant & Toddler Homelessness

Title: Supporting the School Readiness of Young Children Experiencing Homelessness with ARP-HCY Funds

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern 

Approximately 600,000 children under age six experience homelessness across the US, putting them at-risk for developmental delays and long-term academic challenges. K12 school districts have a responsibility to identify and refer younger children to early childhood development services, including by using ARP-HCY funds to support school readiness. During this webinar, participants will hear how Cincinnati Public Schools and the Hawaii Department of Education have successfully leveraged their ARP-HCY funds to partner with early childhood development programs and services to increase identification and enrollment of children under age six.

Presenters: 

  • Lisa Martinez – Hawaii Department of Education
  • Rebeka Beach – Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Erin Patterson –  SchoolHouse Connection

Title: Addressing Transportation Needs Through Vehicle Purchases with ARP-HCY Funds

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern 

In a recent survey conducted by SchoolHouse Connection, liaisons indicated that transportation remains one of the biggest unmet needs for students experiencing homelessness. American Rescue Plan-Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) funds provide an opportunity to meet this need through more flexible uses, including vehicle purchases. During this webinar, participants will hear from LEAs who have successfully used ARP-HCY funds to purchase district vehicles, including the process of how they navigated internal requirements, and the impact of vehicle purchases on students experiencing homelessness.

Presenters:

  • Karen Rice, Senior Program Manager of Education Initiatives – SchoolHouse Connection
  • Anasofia Trelles, K-12 Senior Program Manager – SchoolHouse Connection
  • Erin Patterson, Director of Education Initiatives – SchoolHouse Connection
  • Dani Graham, Homeless Program Coordinator – Eau Claire Area School District
  • Andrea Winstead, McKinney-Vento Liaison – Lawton Public Schools

Title: Infant and Toddler Homelessness Across the United States

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Time: 3:00 – 4:15 PM Eastern 

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number of families staying in shelters, or who are visibly unsheltered, increased by 16% over the previous year. In addition, recent research from the Eviction Lab found that babies are the age group at greatest risk of eviction. New data analysis from SchoolHouse Connection and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan reveals that only 11% of infants and toddlers experiencing homelessness are connected to early childhood development programs, which can mitigate the impacts of homelessness, and connect families to services like housing and other supports.

Join SchoolHouse Connection alongside guest presenters who will walk through this data in more detail, and share how providers, systems leaders, policymakers, and advocates can take action to increase access to services for infants, toddlers, and their families.

Presenters:

  • Erin Patterson, Director of Education Initiatives – SchoolHouse Connection
  • Sarah Vrabic, Early Childhood Senior Program Manager – SchoolHouse Connection

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