The California Children’s Report Card grades the state on its ability to support better outcomes for kids, from prenatal to age 26. Each grade is based on the state’s progress (or lack thereof) on passing and implementing state-level policies and making investments in the supports and services needed for all kids to reach their full potential. The Pro-Kid Agenda provides recommendations to the state’s leaders on how to improve outcomes for kids in each section. Access the report here.
"As you’ll see from the Report Card, today’s kids face too many barriers to accessing the quality supports and services they need to reach their full potential. California must take swift action to break down these barriers, first and foremost for children of color, and then by addressing the intersectional impacts of poverty, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, and foster care system involvement." - Ted Lempert, President, Children Now
SchoolHouse Connection Publishes Two Public Service Announcements (PSA) Aimed at Reaching Families, Educators, Community Organizations, and Local Leaders.
Earlier this year, public schools and early childhood programs reported the highest number of children and youth experiencing homelessness ever recorded - 1.5 million. This number is skyrocketing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is one home that all youth and children have in common: school.
In the midst of the current crisis, the role of schools has never been more critical - no matter where classrooms are this fall. Schools are required to identify, enroll, and serve homeless children and youth, but distance learning and other COVID-related complications mean it is easier than ever for them to fall through the cracks. It’s vital that families and youth who are homeless know their educational rights, and how to exercise them.
To help spread the word and give communities a starting place for engaging with this issue, SchoolHouse Connection - a national nonprofit working at the intersection of education and homelessness - announces two public service announcements (PSAs) aimed at reaching families, educators, and community organizations and leaders.
Access the PSA and learn more here.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness recently published its annual State of Homelessness report. To access the full report, State of Homelessness: 2020 Edition, click here.
"Seventeen out of every 10,000 people in the United States were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2019 during HUD’s Annual Point-in-Time Count. These 567,715 people represent a cross-section of America. They are associated with every region of the country, family status, gender category, and racial/ethnic group."
According to a recent New York Post article, "The number of homeless children in the United States is at its highest in more than a decade." These findings are from a study by the National Center for Homeless Education, which is contracted by the U.S. Department of Education to provide information on children’s education and homelessness. To read the full article, click here.
"The number of homeless students nationwide increased by a 15 percent margin from the 2015-16 and 2017-18 school years." - Danielle Wallace
As reported by SchoolHouse Connection, Federal education data released today by the National Center for Homeless Education (the U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance center) show that public schools identified 1.5 million children and youth experiencing homelessness in the 2017-2018 school year – an 11% increase over the previous school year and the highest number ever recorded nationally.
Access the National Center for Homeless Education report here.
Access a SchoolHouse Connection commentary here.
SchoolHouse Connection has released a nine-part series analyzing demographic and risk factor data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS in 17 states), comparing high school students experiencing homelessness and high school students not experiencing homelessness. YRBS homelessness data include high school students who experience homelessness as part of families, as well as students who are homeless by themselves. Access the full report here.
"Our final brief on rape and sexual assault shows that nearly one in four high school students experiencing homelessness reported being forced to have sexual intercourse. We provide practical tips for how schools can help prevent rape and sexual assault of students, as well as support survivors."
SchoolHouse Connection: More Than 1 in 3 High School Students Experiencing Homelessness Attempted Suicide
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was first developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1990 to assess the health risk behaviors of youth and adults in the United States. For the first time since the survey has been widely administered, the 2017 YRBS optional question list included two questions pertaining to homelessness. SchoolHouse Connection analyzed demographic and risk factor data from the YRBS in 17 states, comparing high school students experiencing homelessness and those not experiencing homelessness. Read the results and analysis here.
The 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book – a data study that is based on U.S. Census and other publicly available data, represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and is the most comprehensive annual report on child well-being – was recently released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Access the full data book here.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) recently released "Out of Reach 2019," which documents the disparity between wages and rents across the country and demonstrates why decent housing is out of reach for minimum wage workers. Click here to read the full report.
SchoolHouse Connection’s analysis of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data from 17 states found that young people experience homelessness at an even higher rate than currently reported by the U.S. Department of Education. As many as one million students experiencing homelessness are not receiving services they need and to which they are entitled under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Read the brief here.