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Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

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Course Length

2 hours

Delivery Method

Asynchronous eLearning


On-Demand eLearning

Course Summary

According to recent surveys conducted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than 1,260,000 children under the age of six experience homelessness. In this Think Small Institute course, you will identify ways to support families experiencing homelessness by describing community, health, and social resources that are culturally congruent and allow the family options for making informed choices. Discover federal criteria for determining homelessness and the prevalence and causes of homelessness in the United States. Practice determining homelessness and engaging with families experiencing homelessness in a culturally sensitive, trust-building way.

CEU Credits

.2 CEUs

CDA Competency Area
  • Content Area IV: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
MN KCF Content Area
  • I.D: Cultural Responsibility and Practice

2 (Intermediate)

State Approval
  • VT
  • MN
  • OH

At the end of this training, learners will be able to:

  • Describe community, health, and social resources for families, including those that are culturally congruent.
  • Connect families to culturally or socially supportive organizations, advocates, and events in their communities.
  • Identify a variety of resources that accommodate individual as well as cultural preferences.
  • Dismiss the assumption that individuals from cultural groups will always prefer services from their own cultural community.
  • Engage with knowledgeable and trusted community-based organizations or institutions to provide advice, services, and expertise.
  • Gives families the option to connect with community-based organizations and institutions or those in the dominant culture respecting each family’s right to make informed choices.