Updated August 2017
More than 189,000 students begin classes at our public schools on Aug. 28. Among them will be an estimated 250+ students who are homeless and facing some substantial hurdles before they pick up a crayon or open a book.
According to studies, children who are homeless are:
- More likely to have lower academic achievement.
- Four times as likely to have developmental delays.
- Twice as likely to have learning disabilities.
- Twice as likely to repeat a grade, most often due to frequent absences and moves to new schools.
- More likely to be sick.
We work with several community partners and the school system to provide critical services to children experiencing homelessness. There are many ways you can help:
Podcast conversation with Dean Klein, director of Fairfax County’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness:
For more information, call the Office to Prevent and Homelessness at 703-324-9492 (TTY 711).