Homeless kids can be hard to identify and even harder to help. But teachers can do a great deal to make sure that they don’t fall through the cracks.
Violence and Abuse
Each year millions of children are exposed to violence in their homes and communities. Exposure to violence can interfere with children's ability to think and learn and can disrupt the course of healthy physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Teachers can play a critical role in preventing and reducing the impact of exposure to violence on children.
Teachers play critical roles in helping students who are bullied and in creating a healthy, safe climate in schools and communities.
Poor children in the United States start school at a disadvantage in terms of their early skills, behaviors, and health. Fewer than half (48 percent) of poor children are ready for school at age five. Poverty remains an important influence on school readiness.