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Barbara Duffield, Director of Policy and Programs, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
Carie Bires, Policy Manager, Illinois Policy Team, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Jasmine Hayes, Policy Director, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
Accessing child care can be a particularly vexing challenge for homeless families and is often crucial to their ability to achieve stability through employment. Compared to poor and housed mothers, homeless mothers are less likely to receive child care subsidies and more likely to rely on informal child care arrangements. Homeless mothers work non-standard hours more often, and homeless mothers are more likely to quit jobs or school due to problems with their child care. Lack of documentation, for example immunization records or identification, is another barrier for homeless families. In 2013, the U.S. Administration for Children and Families released a Dear Colleague letter, urging stakeholders to adopt McKinney-Vento-like policies and procedures in early childhood education programs. McKinney-Vento concepts have been incorporated into the policies and practices of Head Start and IDEA. New provisions in the reauthorized Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) look much like the protections that help school-aged children who experience homelessness enroll in and attend school. This presents opportunities for homeless services providers. The goal of this webinar is to help homeless services providers and supportive housing providers engage with their CCDBG allocating agencies. This webinar will provide an overview of McKinney-Vento alignment efforts, examine the main changes to CCDBG, and highlight what service providers can do to innovate and collaborate with local early childhood education and care system in new and interesting ways.
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