The goal of Philadelphia’s Homeless Children’s Initiative is to ensure that homeless children and youth in the Philadelphia region have access to a free, appropriate, public education while removing barriers that homeless children face. Homeless Children's Initiative works in collaboration with schools and shelter/transitional housing providers to continue the educational process as uninterrupted as possible while the children are in homeless/displaced situations.
Some of the other objectives of the Philadelphia Homeless Children's Initiative are:
- To inform schools of their responsibilities to homeless children and youth;
- To increase awareness about the needs of homeless children;
- Explain current legislation and policies; and
- Provide practical tips for working with homeless children.
Philadelphia’s Homeless Children’s Initiative is meeting its aim to minimize the impact of homelessness on education. Homeless Children's Initiative provides uniform/clothing assistance, resources for school supplies and other school expenses. By keeping children in their school of origin when possible and coordinating educational services, Pennsylvania's Educatoin for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program is helping students in Philadelphia experiencing homelessness access all of the benefits of their educational system.
For additional information on Region 1, contact:
School District of Philadelphia
Alfred B. Quarles Jr., Regional Site Coordinator
Office of Specialized Services
Homeless Children's Initiative