Young Children and Their Families Who Are Homeless: A University Affiliated Program's Response

Tawara D. Taylor, Marisa C. Brown

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This monograph describes a University Affiliated Program's (UAP) initiative that targets the developmental needs of children from birth to 5 years of age who are homeless and the services and supports provided to their families. The Georgetown University Child Development Center, the UAP for the District of Columbia, has implemented a homeless initiative that initially revolved around two projects (both projects have undergone some revisions since the monograph was published). The first, Kidstart, is a national project funded by the Better Homes Fund and the Fannie Mae Foundation. Its primary focus is advocacy and developmental services for school-age children and their families who are homeless. The Georgetown Kidstart program was located in a child care center that served young children who are homeless. Project staff provide developmental screening and service coordination. The second project, Knock on Every Door, received primary funding from the Hasbro Children's Foundation to provide developmental screening, assessment, service coordination, advocacy, and support to families who are homeless with children birth to 5 years of age. Information is provided about: (1) the approaches of both programs, which feature community collaboration and interdisciplinary service delivery; (2) developmental screening and assessment of young children; (3) barriers to accessing services and supports; (4) profiles of two families using services; and (5) recommendations for advocacy and policy development. (Contains 32 references.) 

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Tawara D. Taylor, Marisa C. Brown. Young Children and Their Families Who Are Homeless: A University Affiliated Program's Response (1996). The Georgetown University Child Development Center, Center for Child Health and Mental Health Policy: Washington, DC. (51 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Developmental Disabilities

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