SchoolHouse Connection is a newly launched national organization promoting success for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The new non-profit was founded by Barbara Duffield and Patricia Julianelle, two of the nation’s leading experts on children and youth experiencing homelessness.
SchoolHouse Connection (SHC) develops and facilitates solutions by leveraging partnerships with early care and education professionals, service providers, advocates, and local communities.
Based in the nation’s capital, SHC advances federal policy and spending priorities related to children, youth, and families. You can sign up for news and announcements from SHC by visiting their website.
The Homeless Children and Youth Act (H.R, 1511/S. 611) is one important policy opportunity now on the front burner in Congress. This bipartisan legislation will allow local communities to effectively and flexibly use and coordinate federal funding to better meet local needs, and address unique developmental needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness.
SHC is urging local providers to ask their Congressional representatives to sign on as co-sponsors of this legislation and to declare organizational support at helphomelesskidsnow.org/take-action/.
SHC is also collaborating with the National Network for Youth to seek increased FY2018 federal funding for programs targeted to homeless children and youth. They are asking organizations to sign letters of support by April 28th that you can read and sign here.
Trauma-Informed Care for Children & Families
Decades of research have established the link between a child’s exposure to trauma, its effect on neurological and behavioral development, and long-term health and societal outcomes, such as school success and mental health. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that nearly 35 million children in the U.S. have had at least one serious traumatic experience.
U.S. Senators Richard Durbin and Heidi Heitkamp are reintroducing the Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act for consideration by the 114th Congress. This comprehensive legislation seeks to:
- Identify Best Practices
- Test New Models
- Disseminate Best Practices
- Train Law Enforcement
- Improve Understanding of Trauma
- Expand Treatment Capacity
- Support Workforce Development
- Foster Community Coordination
The bill has received widespread support from many national groups, including the American Psychological Association, Ounce of Prevention Fund, YWCA, and Zero to Three. You can review the legislation here.