Joint Policy Statement on Children Who Are Homeless

In 2016, the US Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education published a joint policy statement entitled Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness. This statement provides recommendations to policymakers and providers at the local and State level on how to serve children and families who are homeless. 


According to, in 2014, over 29,800 children birth through kindergarten in California were experiencing homelessness. For more information on Homeless Education in California, please visit the California Department of Education’s website at



The ICC-Recommended Early  Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, CLICK HERE.
This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies:
  • Core Knowledge (CK):
  • CK1: The dynamics of family systems including cultural, linguistic and socio-economic factors influencing family function and care for all children. 
  • CK10: The significance and study of team models, collaboration and relationship-based practice.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Implementation (IFSP-i):
  • IFSP-i7 (EIA): Understands the importance of teamwork and collaboration.
  • IFSP-i12: Knows that cultural beliefs and practices of parents and professionals affect early intervention service delivery
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