ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers SOC105: Addressing Homelessness: The Role of the Early Childhood Educator as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users November 1-30, 2018.

Child care professionals need to understand the prevalence and impact of homelessness. This information prepares them to create supportive environments for children and families who experience homelessness. It is important to note that the experience of homelessness is not necessarily confined to urban or rural areas affected by poverty. Since the economic recession of the late 2000’s, many families have experienced loss of employment or under-employment, which has affected their living situations.  According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, homelessness affects children in every state, city, and county in America.

According to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) 2016 report entitled Early Childhood Homelessness in the United States: 50 State Profile, the ACF summarized the total population of children under the age of 6 is over 24 million and of those children, over 1.2 million were homeless.  Furthermore, 1 child in 20 under the age of 6 experiences homelessness.  The summary found that only 8% of homeless children were served in federal programs. A review of the individual state data shows that some states are doing a better job than others at meeting the needs of homeless children.  Percentages at the state level range from 4% to 35% of homeless children under the age of 6 receiving educational services through Head Start or Early Head Start.

This course provides participants with an understanding of their role in supporting children and families who experience homelessness. The course explores the prevalence of homelessness as well as its causes and impacts on the developing child. Participants will discover ways they can promote positive outcomes for those who are affected by homelessness through a variety of policies and classroom practices.

“Many of the strategies recommended in this course will help to create an environment where all children can experience success,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Every child benefits from high quality early childhood education experiences, especially children experiencing trauma associated with homelessness.”

SOC105: Addressing Homelessness: The Role of the Early Childhood Educator is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).