Project TEACH was established as a model program following the recommendations of the Sacramento County Task Force for the Education of Homeless Children in 1990. Caring collaborative partners formed Project TEACH to help meet the challenges of promoting the educational success of children who are experiencing homelessness
As a county office of education program, Project TEACH collaborates with school districts and community agencies. Public awareness resources are disseminated to agencies and school districts. Educational sector representation is provided by Project TEACH on the Continuum of Care Advisory Board.
A Project TEACH staff person carries out the duties of the homeless liaison. Families and unaccompanied youths are identified as eligible for services. The parent or guardian is informed of the educational opportunities and rights of their children. Project TEACH supports the involvement of parents in education. Workshops are provided at family shelter agencies.
Project TEACH coordinates services with school districts, which includes hosting a monthly meeting of the school district homeless liaisons. There were 13,008 students experiencing homelessness in Sacramento County during the 2013-14 school year, according to the California Department of Education (CDE) CALPADS.
A program of Sacramento County Office of Education, Project TEACH is funded by a grant from the CDE through the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act.
Project TEACH - Promoting the Educational Success of Children Who Are Experiencing Homelessness (brochure)
Don’t Delay Enroll Today: Children’s School Information Folder (parent informational folder)
Sacramento County Task Force for the Education of Homeless Children (brochure)
Is Your Child Missing School? (Directory of Liaisons for families without a permanent home)
Enrolling Students Living in Homeless Situations (co-authored by Hilary Krogh, Project TEACH. Available through CDE Press or call 1-800-995-4099)