Families with children experiencing homelessness benefit from universal early education programs like 3K & Pre-K for All, but only if program design and execution are responsive to their unique needs. Our new report, Leaps and Hurdles: Early Education and Care in New York City: History, Challenges, and Implications for Homeless Children, looks at the evolution of early education and care policies from the administrations of Mayors Lindsay through Adams. 

The goal of building an even more inclusive early education and care system in New York City is within reach. Reflecting on the early education system’s history as it intersects with modern day family homelessness can bring perspective to educators, service providers, and policymakers. We hope you find this report useful and reflect with us through all our channels—social media, email, and in person—to continue this critical work of improving quality early education for thousands of children experiencing homelessness.

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View the Trajectory of Early Education & Childcare and Family Homelessness in New York City from the 1960s to today by clicking below.

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For additional perspectives, view the short videos from the report’s authors.

Maribel Maria, Policy Associate at HFH and co-author of the report, discusses the importance of understanding the history and challenges of early education and care programs in NYC, especially for families experiencing homelessness.

Robyn Schwartz, Policy Advisor at HFH and ICPH and co-author of the report, discusses how for decades, NYC has tried to design early education and care services for families who need it most, like those living in shelter.

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This blog examines students experiencing homelessness and absenteeism in an effort to help policymakers and stakeholders understand the unique experiences students in shelter face. It is an exploration into NYC DOE attendance data and the obstacles homeless students face when trying to make their way to school each morning.

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