Archived Homeless List Serve Messages
Subject: Early Childhood Development
ListServe Message Date: January 11, 2013
Good afternoon colleagues:
Please note the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has issued new resources pertaining to expanding early care and education for homeless children. Two of the major federal programs serving young children, Head Start and the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), are administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
Ensuring the early learning and development of our country's youngest children is essential to the work of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). 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 educational outcomes of children nationwide.
Several federal policies and programs are already in place to strengthen the ability of early care and education (ECE) providers to serve young children experiencing homelessness. Whether you are in a Head Start program, early childhood program, homeless education program, or work at the state level on early childhood systems and services, these new resources posted to the ACF website will assist you in ensuring that these young children are prioritized for services that support their learning and development.
Visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/news/expanding-ece-for-homeless-children for access to the following new resources:
ACF Dear Colleague Letter on the importance of providing early care and education (ECE) services to homeless children
ACF Fact Sheet: Policies and Procedures to Increase Access to ECE Services for Homeless Children and Families
ACF Fact Sheet: Strategies for Increasing ECE Services for Homeless Children
ACF Fact Sheet: Early Childhood and Family Homelessness Resource List
Supervisor, Federal Compliance
Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Program
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
Office: 573-522-8763 Fax: 573-526-6698
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