238. What Does Quality Early Care Look Like for Homeless and Other Children with High Needs?
|Date:||Thursday July 16, 2015|
|Time:||10:15 AM - 11:45 AM|
|Speakers:|| Carie Bires, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Barbara Duffield, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Khari Garvin, North Carolina Head Start State Collaboration Office
Kresta Horn, UMOM New Day Centers
Did you know that the person in the U.S. most likely to stay in a federally-funded homeless shelter is an infant under the age of one? Or that over 50% of sheltered homeless children are age five and under? Does your state’s QRIS promote high quality standards and professional practices that effectively address the needs of each and every child? Are your state’s early childhood policies aligned to provide full and easy access to high quality services and regular attendance for children experiencing homelessness and other trauma? How are your QRIS resources and technical assistance efforts addressing the vicarious trauma experienced by staff or facilitating partnerships to best engage each and every family? We will discuss actionable strategies and policies for developing an inclusive QRIS that supports and incentivizes the participation of children with high needs.