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Fall 2017
Sep 26, 2022
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EDIJ 253 - Children with Disabilities
Research repeatedly indicates that children living in homeless environments experience increased health problems, developmental delays, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems and lower educational achievement. During the past seven years, child poverty rates in the US has increased significantly, leaving 13 million children living in poverty (in 2011, the federal poverty line was an annual income of $22,350 for a family of four.). Extreme poverty rates (those earning wages totaling less than half of the federal poverty line) have increased by nearly 24 percent during this time, with 5.8 million children living in extreme poverty. Young children (ages five and under) are even more likely to live in poverty, with 21 percent (more than two in every nine young children) living in poverty. Washington, DC has the highest rate of child poverty in the United States at more than 33 percent. Young children who are homeless face a multitude of risk factors that affect their happiness, mental and physical health, and subsequent school achievement. For example, homeless children become sick four times more often than other children, experience significantly higher rates of  respiratory infections, ear infections, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma. Homeless children are also twice as  likely to suffer from hunger as other children and much more likely to experience behavioral problems, depression and anxiety, and emotional problems. Homeless children are more likely to fall behind in school, repeat a grade, require special education services, and less likely to demonstrate academic proficiency or graduate from high school.

The availability of high-quality early childhood developmental and family services has the potential to significantly enhance the lives and  ell-being of young homeless children, and make a difference in the lives of their families. High-quality childcare strengthens cognitive and language development; increases school readiness and subsequent academic success; builds self-esteem and achievement motivation; and improves health, social-emotional  development and behavior. It also  significantly narrows the gap in school readiness and educational performance and strengthens family life. High-quality programs influence the way parents support their children’s education, how often they read to their children, and the way they participate in their children’s schooling. Homeless parents who have access to high-quality child care are more likely to find jobs, stay employed, and offer stability to their children.

Georgetown University students who participate in the practicum experience at Bright Beginnings, Inc. will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the effects of homelessness and poverty on young children and to become aware of and skilled in providing interdisciplinary services which aim to mitigate these effects.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Education, Inquiry and Justice Department

Course Attributes:
Core: Diversity/Domestic, Mean Grade is Calculated

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