Head Start and ECEAP Programs See 37% Jump in the Number of Homeless Children Being Served since Start of Recession in 2007

One Out of Every 12 Children Served Is Homeless

  Contact:  Joel Ryan, 425.453.1227

On March 6th, CBS’s 60 Minutes ran a story about the huge increase in homeless children in Florida.   As a result, WSA decided to look into how this increase has affected Head Start and ECEAP programs in Washington.  The results, compiled from the Washington State Department of Early Learning and the Office of Head Start, show a shocking increase in homeless children in our programs.  The numbers are quite stark:

  • During the 2009-2010 school-year Head Start and ECEAP programs in Washington served 1,739 homeless children out of total of 21,128 children, and Early Head Start served an additional 434. During the 2006-2007 school-year, 973 HS/ECEAP children were homeless.
  • During the 2009-2010 school-year 8.2% of the children enrolled in Head Start and ECEAP programs were homeless compared to the 2006-2007 school year where only 5.2% of the children enrolled were homeless – a 37% increase in homeless children.


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