Mission: For kids, homelessness isn?t just about where you lay your head at night; it?s also about where your mind is during the day at school. Homeless children are twice as likely to repeat a grade. They are subject to frequent moves and gaps in enrollment and are twice as likely as their housed peers to become sick. Nearly half of homeless children suffer from untreated emotional issues. Confidence diminishes and anxiety rises as an unstable home life takes its toll. School is sometimes the only normal part of a homeless child?s life. Support from ACP means homeless children wear clothing and shoes that fit to class, get needed medical care, receive the attention of a caring tutor, and carry the same school supplies as the other kids. These and other services provided by ACP allow homeless children to focus on their homework and learning, not on feeling alienated and being left behind in their schoolwork.The number of homeless students attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools (CMS) has more than doubled in the last two years to more than 2,200. A Child''s Place is the only CMS partner working specifically with homeless students, earning the support of Superintendent Peter Gorman and senior CMS administrators.
Results: For the 2009-2010 School year: -93% of our client children were promoted to the next grade level. -93% of our client children are reading on or above grade level. -Compared to 64% and 48% of homeless children nationally.
Target demographics: Homeless children ages 0-18 in Mecklenburg County, emphasizing on children enrolled in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Programs: A Child's Place provides services in four key areas: - Student Support ensures homeless students' physical, social and emotional needs are met so they are in the classroom and able to focus on their lessons. - Academic Support promotes a stable and positive school environment and addresses homeless students' educational gaps. - Parent Education and Support responds to the unique needs of homeless students and families and assists parents' efforts to identify and address the root causes of their housing crisis. - My Place Summer Day Camp ensures qualified adult supervision and an academic bridge for homeless students too young to stay alone during the summer break.