Handouts and Documents
America’s Youngest Outcasts (external website)
The National Center on Family Homelessness
This report documents the number of homeless children in every state, their well-being, their risk for child homelessness, and state level planning and policy activities.
Early Care and Education for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness (external website)
National Center for Homeless Education
Preschool programs play a critical role in meeting homeless children’s need for quality early care and education. This brief provides information and suggests best practices to facilitate collaboration between schools, service provider agencies, and early childhood programs, and to increase the enrollment of and provision of services to families with young children experiencing homelessness.
Ensuring the Healthy Development of Infants in Foster Care (external website)
Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children | Zero to Three Policy Center
This guide this handbook is a working tool to help judges, advocates and child welfare professionals understand the questions to ask and the resources that can address the special needs of infants in foster care and strengthen their families.
Fact Sheet: Vulnerable Young Children (external website)
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
This fact sheet provides data on infants, toddlers and young children who are experiencing high stress as a result of a number of risk factors specifically identified in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), including substantiated abuse or neglect, foster care placement, homelessness, exposure to family violence and prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol.
Helping Young Children Grow & Learn: A Guide for Families & Shelter Providers (external website)
This brief emphasizes ways that families and shelter providers can encourage the development of young children and become aware of potential concerns. It provides resources and strategies to assist when delays are observed.
How Much Could We Improve Children’s Life Chances by Intervening Early and Often? (external website)
CCF Brief #54 | Center on Children and Families at BROOKINGS
This policy brief presents research findings that support the positive outcomes of early intervention on children from families who have lower incomes.
The Impact of Poverty on Attachment (external website)
David Belford, LISW, IMH-E
This 2-page brief provides information on the relationship between poverty, parenting of young children, and attachment.
An Overview of Federal Policy on Homeless Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (external website)
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
This two-page document provides a succinct summary of federal policies related to the education of young children experiencing homelessness. The document includes information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the Head Start Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Poverty’s Effect on Infants and Toddlers Infographic (external website)
Zero to Three
This infographic shows how young children in poverty begin to develop gaps in their growth and development when compared with their peers beginning at birth.
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (external website)
Child Welfare Information Gateway
This factsheet provides information on how communities and individual citizens can strengthen families, protect children, and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Using the Best that We Know: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness (external website)
This brief provides educators with information, resources, and strategies for supporting families with young children who are experiencing homelessness and may have special needs.
What is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms (external website)
Child Welfare Information Gateway
This factsheet outlines the legal definition of child abuse and neglect, the different types of abuse and neglect, and the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. Resources about the impact of trauma on well-being also are included.