Tuesday, April 14, 2009

America's Youngest Outcasts: Homeless Children of America

By: Amanda Fakhreddine

The "State Report Card on Child Homelessness" was recently released by the National Center for Family Homelessness and describes the conditions of the 17,505 homeless children in Massachusetts. The Report Card focuses on four areas: extent of homelessness, child well-being, structural risk factors, and state-by-state policy and planning efforts. The report only includes children who are a part of families or with a parent, not the unaccompanied youth. Most homeless students around the country score about 16 percent lower on math and reading tests, but homeless children in Massachusetts scored about 20 percent higher than their peers in both areas. Most homeless students are in grades K-8, and those in high school often don't finish, putting them at a huge disadvantage.

6 comments:

Maia said...

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Anonymous said...

this is very interesting i never new this before because i feel bad for homeless kids and homeless adults people should actullay care for them its not funny to see homeless people but we are luky that we are not home less soo we shouldnt be laguing at them its not funny we are soo luky we are not homeless

melody howard ritt said...

The organization, School on Wheels of Massachusetts, is dedicated to improving the lives of children experiencing homelessness by providing one-on-one after school tutoring, new backpacks and schol supplies, educational advocacy and support, and family outreach to preschoolers through college age students. They are currently serving children in eight shelters, hotels and motels in Eastern Mass. If you are interested in learning more about the organization and its important work on behalf of Massachusetts schoolchildren, please visit www.sowma.org.

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donate car said...

It's sad to hear that about homeless children. I hope that authorities should be more aware about this case.

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