As a life-long child advocate, I’ve come across great ideas that are difficult to pursue because of the siloed way that federal funding is too frequently made available – a specific purpose, specific targeting and eligibility rules and siloed administration. For me, who sees the connection between a family’s need for affordable housing and a parent’s need for child care to obtain and retain employment (which pays the rent), it’s a challenge to integrate the two concepts.
In North Carolina alone, there were more than 32,000 children under age 6 experiencing homelessness in 2018-20191, according to the US Department of Education (DOE). While this is a pre-pandemic count and would have likely only counted children under 6 who had siblings in a public school, it is highly
Ending Early Childhood Homelessness Starts with Policies that Make a Difference: A Look at CCDF State Policies for 2022-2024
Ensuring the early learning and development of our country’s youngest children is essential to Child Care Services Association’s (CCSA) work at the local, state and national level. Supporting the well-being of these young children and their families is an urgent task and one that is critical to improving the long-term
CCSA Releases Report on Homelessness Among Infants, Toddlers, Preschool and School-Age Children in North Carolina
Homelessness at any age can have devastating effects; however, young children are particularly susceptible to the negative outcomes associated with homelessness because their brains are developing rapidly.[i] In 2021, Child Care Services Association (CCSA) released An Invisible Crisis: Early Childhood Homelessness—A Primer by Anna Sucsy, a report on early childhood
Nationally there are approximately 1.4 million children under the age of 6 experiencing homelessness (as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act). I have worked on early childhood homelessness and the early childhood workforce for a number of years, at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the Office
Supports for child care, the early childhood workforce and early childhood homelessness were on the mind of our families, early childhood providers, advocates, politicians and communities in 2021.