Tri-state summit on child homelessness, early education challenges set

Tri-State Summit on Childen Experience Homelessness
Monday, September 16, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
Temple University - Howard Gittis Student Center
1755 N 13th Street
Room 200 A, B, and C
Philadelphia, PA 19122

A tri-state summit discussing connecting young children experiencing homelessness to high quality early learning opportunities will be held on September 16 at Temple University..

Dr. Deborah Bergeron, national director of Head Start, is confirmed as the keynote speaker. National and regional leaders are planning to attend.

Purpose: Thousands of young homeless children are in shelter or living doubled up in Pennsylvania, in New Jersey, and in Delaware.

High-quality early learning programs like Head Start can strengthen their resilience, but access is a challenge. 

Since Congress prioritized children who experience homelessness to be served by Head Start, the Child Care Development Fund, and other high-quality early learning programs, the tri-state region has responded in numerous ways.

But, what efforts are succeeding? Do any barriers remain?

This Summit will explore what has happened since those changes, identify the challenges that local and national leadership need to consider, and consider the role of intermediaries.

The summit planners include the following leaders:
• CHOP Early Head Start
• The Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Head Start Collaboration offices
• Family Promise of New Castle County, DE
• Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region III
• Office of Head Start, Region III, Administration for Children and Families
• Office of US Senator Robert Casey
• PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning
• The William Penn Foundation
• Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services
• PEC's Building Early Links for Learning
• School District of Philadelphia Head Start office
• United Way of SE PA and Southern NJ
• Vanguard Strong Start for Kids

Email us with any questions.

BELL is Building Early Links for Learning. BELL promotes resilience among young children experiencing homelessness through working with families, emergency and transitional housing providers, and early childhood education (ECE) programs in Philadelphia. BELL helps families enroll in high quality ECE programs while also encouraging emergency housing providers to adopt more practices and policies informed by best-practices for children under five years old. BELL is currently supported by a grant from the Vanguard Strong Start for Kids program and continues work originally funded by the William Penn Foundation.

For more information, contact Joe Willard at People's Emergency Center or at 267-777-5851.

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