"Project TEACH has been extremely helpful in assisting shelter staff to make sure no children fall through the cracks."
- a case manager

Overview

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.

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.

Project TEACH coordinates services with school districts, including the collection of data from each liaison. There were 8,803 children experiencing homelessness in Sacramento County during the 2009-10 school year.

A program of Sacramento County Office of Education, Project TEACH is funded by a grant from the California Department of Education (McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act).


Materials and Publications

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)