Expanding Early Care and Education for Homeless Children

Ensuring the early learning and development of our country's youngest children is essential to the work of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Supporting the well-being of these young children and their families is an urgent task and one that is critical to improving the long-term educational outcomes of children nationwide. 

Several federal policies and programs are in place to strengthen the ability of early care and education (ECE) providers to serve young children experiencing homelessness. Whether you are in a Head Start program, early childhood program, or work at the state level on early childhood systems and services, the resources listed below will assist you in ensuring that these young children are prioritized for services that support their learning and development.

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Visit the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) for additional resources for homeless children and their families.