Early Childhood

Early childhood schools, often referred to as preschools or kindergartens, serve as crucial foundations for a child’s educational journey. These institutions are designed to provide young learners, typically between the ages of 2 to 5, with a nurturing and stimulating environment that encourages social, cognitive, and emotional development.

Available Resources

Early Childhood Resources for Homeless:
School House Connection

Early Childhood Resources for Foster:

A month to month checklist to help monitor your child’s development. Available in English and Spanish.
Alliance for Children’s Rights

A step-by-step guide is intended to provide the tools needed to seek early intervention services from regional centers for children birth to 3 years of age, and education-related services from the school system for children 3 and older. Available in English and Spanish.

Alliance for Children’s Rights Guide

Elementary

Elementary school, typically encompassing grades from kindergarten through fifth or sixth grade, is another critical phase in a child’s educational journey. It serves as the initial step into formal education, laying the groundwork for academic, social, and personal development. In elementary school, students not only acquire fundamental knowledge in subjects like math, language arts, and science but also learn essential life skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, and communication.

Available Resources

Tips for Teachers and staff on how to support children experiencing homelessness:

View Tip Sheet

High School

High school, typically covering grades nine through twelve, represents a pivotal stage in a student’s education. It is a time of increased academic rigor and personal growth as students delve deeper into specialized subjects while also exploring their interests and career aspirations.

Directory of Organizations

John Bay Resources for foster care students grades 9th -12th:
This guide is designed to equip 9th-11th grade students with experience in foster care to achieve their college and career goals. View the PDF Here.

Post Secondary

College is a transformative phase in one’s educational journey, marked by a profound exploration of knowledge and self-discovery. It serves as a bridge between adolescence and adulthood, offering a unique environment where students can delve into their chosen fields of study, broaden their horizons, and cultivate critical thinking skills.