Today, we were at Horizons for Homeless Children discussing the need for access to child care. At the end of 2015, there were more than 7,500 children in the state’s emergency shelter system. More than half of those children are younger than 5 years old.
Which means, a little less than half are older the age 5 and in school. In fact, in the 2014/15 school year, over 19,000 students across Massachusetts were identified as homeless. Recent data shows that in Boston alone, there are over 3,000 students who are homeless.
We know the impact homelessness can have on students, and the impact consistent quality education can also have on young minds.
As the rates of homelessness have increased and student homelessness is a reality for many teachers, what is the role of schools in addressing homelessness?