Focus Area

PreK-12

Education is a critical strategy both for addressing child and youth homelessness and for preventing it from re-occurring in the future.

Latest K12 Homeless Data

American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act provided an historic $800 million to support the identification, enrollment, and school participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness, including through wrap-around services.
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Q&A From the Field

We receive many questions from educators, service providers, and the public about the education and care of children and youth experiencing homelessness. We respond to every question we receive, citing applicable law and policy.
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Homelessness creates unique barriers to educational access and success that – if unrecognized and unaddressed – contribute to declining enrollment, high rates of chronic absence, lagging academic achievement, and higher drop-out rates.  Yet education is a critical strategy to address homelessness and to prevent it from reoccurring in the future. In fact, lack of a high school degree or GED is the single greatest risk factor associated with young adult homelessness.

We’ve carefully compiled resources on federal PreK-12 law and policy, including tools, innovative practices, and the latest research.

Data Profiles

Child & Youth Homelessness in the United States

SchoolHouse Connection and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan have created searchable data profiles to raise awareness of the scale and impact of homelessness on children and youth, and to underscore the need for action to meet their needs.

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PreK-12 Resources

Explore our carefully compiled resources on federal PreK-12 law and policy, including tools, innovative practices, and the latest research.

Q&A From the Field

We receive many questions from educators, service providers, and the public about the education and care of children and youth experiencing homelessness. We respond to every question we receive, citing applicable law and policy.

Find State and Local Contacts

This homeless directory lists contacts for state coordinators, liaisons, Head Start collaboration offices, and homeless higher education liaisons.

Explore Other Focus Areas

Early Childhood

Early childhood programs prevent the harmful life-long effects of homelessness on education, health and well-being.

Higher Education

Post-secondary attainment is increasingly necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Policy Advocacy

A strong voice for effective and responsive federal policy.