Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness Interactive Learning Series

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Now available on the ECLKC and CCTA!

Explore a new interactive learning series to enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento definition of “homeless” as it refers to children and youths. Review other relevant federal regulations for Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs.

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There are eight modules in the series. Each module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. You can spend as much or as little time as needed, depending on your level of experience. A Certificate of Completion can be printed on completion of all sections of each module.

Module Topics

  • Overview of Family Homelessness
  • Understanding Family Homelessness
  • Understanding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act’s Definition of “Homeless”
  • Determining a Family’s Homeless Situation
  • Identifying and Reaching Out to Families Experiencing Homelessness
  • Enhancing Program Access and Participation for Children Experiencing Homelessness
  • Building Relationships with Families
  • Connecting with Community Partners

Key Features

  • Transcripts: Printable text versions of the modules
  • Resources: Helpful handouts available for download
  • Federal policies: Direct links to the federal legislation and regulations referenced in each module
  • Knowledge checks: True/false and multiple-choice activities
  • Practice scenarios: Activities offering useful guidance for program staff members serving young children and school-age children

Target Audience

  • Professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care programs
  • Early childhood and school-age child care providers
  • CCDF lead agency or designated entity staff
  • Other key stakeholders

Access the Learning Series

Select this Web link to access the modules on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) or this Web link to access them on the Child Care Technical Assistance (CCTA) website.

We Want To Hear From You

We would love to hear about your program’s efforts and progress in parent, family, and community engagement. Submit your stories and questions to pfce@ecetta.info. Please share this email with other program staff who may be interested in this topic.


Office of Child Care

Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425

330 C Street, S.W.

Washington, DC  20201

General office number: (202) 690-6782

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General email: occ@acf.hhs.gov

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