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More than ONE MILLION American children under the age of SIX are homeless. 



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Homelessness jeopardizes the health, early development, and educational well-being of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. It also creates unique barriers to enrolling and participating in early childhood care and education. This is especially troubling in light of the fact that over 50% of children living in federally-funded homeless shelters are under the age of five, and therefore at an age where early childhood education can have a significant positive impact on their development and future academic achievement.


Why Head Start and Early Head Start?

Head Start and Early Head Start are a perfect match for families experiencing homelessness — including families headed by youth or young adults.  Head Start and Early Head Start offer a comprehensive two-generation service model, which means they include health, mental health, dental, disability, and quality education for children, as well as a range of supports for parents.

Families experiencing homelessness are prioritized for enrollment and many programs have spaces set aside for them.

Head Start Family Service staff can work closely with McKinney-Vento liaisons and homeless services and housing partners to promote collaboration and stability.

According to a national study, preschool-aged children experiencing homelessness enrolled in Head Start or other early education or center-based care have stronger math and reading readiness than children who were only in parental care.

Head Start programs that are administered by local educational agencies (LEAs) are considered preschools under the McKinney-Vento Act, and are subject to the requirements of the Act.

[Source: SchoolHouse Connection]

Fact Sheet: Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

A family is considered homeless if it lacks "a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." This definition is quite broad and includes, but is not limited to, children and families living in a situation commonly referred to as “doubled-up.”  Families in this situation are actually living in the homes of other families (sometimes even  2 relatives), but due to economic hardship or some other crisis circumstance. 

In fact, data from the US Department of Education indicate a trend over the last several years that the overwhelming majority of children and families experiencing homelessness are in this category. 

Some questions that help determine if your situation may qualify for Head Start assistance:
  • How often have you moved within the last 12 months?
  • Are you currently living with friends or other family members? If so, what are the circumstances of your living with another family?
  • Is your name on the lease of the place where you are living?
  • Could you at any time be asked to leave the place where you are living?




No one is alone! Give a child a home at Head Start!

Call (513) 569-4510 and enroll today!


Use our Online Application today & an enrollment specialist will contact you!

#HomeAtHeadStart @CAAHeadStart  Cincinnati CAA Head Start