Students experiencing homelessness continue to suffer diminished academic outcomes. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program was designed to provide comprehensive support services to homeless students and their families. However, students and their families are often unaware homeless services are available and mandated. The homeless
student family population is unique, as it is broadly defined to include families living doubled-up with another household. Within this broadly-defined population, the household structure is disproportionately headed by single mothers. To deliver effective services that support homeless student families, schools must develop a deeper understanding of, and connection to, the homeless single mother household. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the current body of research centered on homeless student households headed by single mothers, through the discipline of education. This study investigates the experiences that homeless single mothers, with preK-12 children, have with their children’s schools during episodes of homelessness. The perspectives of the single mothers are critical to the improvement of school system homelessness support.
SOURCE: Katherine Lyn McBride. “Single mothers and homelessness: an investigation of school support experiences from the mothers’ perspective.” 2019.
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