Young children and families experiencing homelessness

Allison B. Wilson, Jane Squires

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The increasing prevalence of homelessness among young children and families in the United States is described, as is the developmental impact on young children and cost to society. Although services are mandated for this population under the McKinney-Vento Act, Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, and the, barriers continue to exist for young children related to identification and access to quality early intervention services and supports. These barriers, as well as a collaborative approach to the identification and delivery of early intervention services, are discussed. In addition, recommendations for future practice and research are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-271
Number of pages13
JournalInfants and Young Children
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014


  • McKinney-Vento
  • Parent-Child Home Program
  • early intervention
  • ecological model
  • homelessness
  • identification
  • risk
  • service delivery
  • systems approach


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