Our work on behalf of homeless children consists of five key programs.
Early Childhood Programming
Mental Health Integration
Family Support program
Our Therapeutic Early Childhood Programming is accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We utilize a research-based curriculum designed to help children living in traumatic circumstances like homelessness. Our approach helps to improve developmental outcomes, foster social/emotional skills and creates a pathway for success in school.
Our Therapeutic School-Age Services include summer and school holiday camps for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. These services “fill in the gap,” providing children with a safe place to learn, play and gain new skills outside of school hours.
Mental Health Integration is a critical component of our programming. Being homeless creates a host of challenges for young children. We understand these issues and offer a mental health curriculum focused on social/emotional skill building and creating community.
Our Health Services address the physical well-being of homeless children. We offer weekly, onsite access to medical care, two meals and a snack each day and daily nap time for kids who may not be able to get peaceful, uninterrupted sleep at night. In 2017, we added to our staff a full-time School Nurse for the basic health needs of our children, perform vision and hearing screenings and educate parents about children’s health.
Our Family Support program is essential to our efforts because we cannot impact a child’s life without helping the whole family. Our family support staff provide case management, mental health support, resources such as diapers and clothes, assistance procuring housing and employment, parenting training and more.