High-quality childcare and early childhood education programs are critical to children's social/emotional development and their overall well-being. The Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families recently released Early Childhood Homelessness in the United States: 50-State Profile that provides an overview of the estimated number of children who were enrolled in federally funded early childhood programs and experiencing homelessness in the United States in 2015.
Per the report, there were 1,211,348 children under the age of 6 experiencing homelessness in the nation, out of which eight percent received early childhood education from a Head Start/Early Head Start or McKinney-Vento early childhood education program. In Connecticut, it was estimated that 2,982 children under the age of six were experiencing homelessness and 18% of these children were served by federally funded early education program.
The author used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act definition was applied to estimate the number of children who were experiencing homelessness from 2014 to 2015.
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