posted on January 08, 2016 13:57
Today, ACF is releasing Early Childhood Homelessness in the United States: 50-State Profile. It provides a "snapshot" of early childhood data available for children who are experiencing homelessness in each state and is a tool for communities in planning to meet the needs of vulnerable children.
Early childhood education is a critical component for healthy developing children. Yet, despite what we know about the importance of high quality early childhood opportunities, many children in the United States lack access to quality programs, especially children from low income families and vulnerable young children experiencing homelessness.
Key national findings:
* 5,975,717 children under 6 years old lived below the Federal Poverty Level in 2013. That means that more than one in four children under 6 years old lived below the Federal Poverty Level.
* Approximately 4.7 percent of children served in Head Start and Early Head Start were children who were experiencing homelessness (2013).
* The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) served 177,543 children under age 6 in emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing (2013).
The well-being of our youngest children is essential, not only for the development of the child and the stability of the family, but for the ongoing success of our nation. Please share this with your stakeholders, your State Advisory Council on Early Care and Education, your HUD funded Continuum of Care and others.