A National Campaign Building a Stronger Future for Homeless Students

More than 1.3 million homeless students K-12 have been identified in America’s public schools


Goals of the Campaign

Education Leads Home is the only national campaign focused on closing educational achievement and attainment gaps for homeless students.

By 2026, young children experiencing homelessness will participate in quality early childhood programs at the same rate as their housed peers

A 90% high school graduation rate for homeless students by 2030

A 60% post-secondary attainment rate for homeless students by 2034

Upcoming Events

  • Join Sesame Street for a Conversation on Family Homelessness

    On Thursday, December 13, Sesame Street in Communities will hold an interactive conversation with a panel of expert providers discussing how homelessness affects young children.

    Please join the conversation to gain tools and resources to use in your work, and to share the important work that you do with Sesame’s Community.

    Join via Facebook Live and YouTube Live at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 13.

Recent News

  • Risk and Resilience: Differences in Risk Factors and Health Outcomes Between Homeless and Non-Homeless Students in 2017 YRBS Data

    The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was first developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1990 to assess the health risk behaviors of youth and adults in the United States. For the first time since the survey has been widely administered, the 2017 YRBS optional question list included two questions pertaining to homelessness. Using this YRBS data from 17 states (Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin), we conducted an analysis of differences in seven self-reported risk factors and health outcomes between high school students experiencing homelessness and those not experiencing homelessness.

  • Academic outcomes for students experiencing homelessness are far worse than those for housed students

    A new in-depth analysis by Schoolhouse Washington finds that students of color are impacted disproportionately and outcomes are poor no matter the type of living situation.

Join us

Education Leads Home is working to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness in this country. Join us in building a stronger future for homeless children and students.


Hidden in Plain Sight

Drawn from the voices of youth, this report details the struggles of homeless students and provides insight into helping them achieve academic success.

State Progress Reports

Learn more about the state of child and youth homelessness in your state.

Common Questions About Homelessness and Education

List of common questions about children and youth who are experiencing homelessness.

Tools and Resources on Early Childhood and Homelessness

Resources to help you learn about the needs of young children experiencing homelessness, and how communities can meet their needs.

Tools and Resources on PreK-12 and Homelessness

Carefully-compiled resources on federal preK-12 law and policy, including tools, innovative practices, and the latest research.

Tools and Resources on Higher Education and Homelessness

Resources to help you learn the challenges facing college students who are homeless, and how higher ed institutions and communities can meet their needs.

Webinars on Education and Homelessness

Check out upcoming webinars hosted by SchoolHouse Connection and industry experts on the topic of homelessness and education.

The Lasting Influence of Homelessness on Student Achievement

The negative effects of housing instability are known, but this policy brief suggests that these effects do not end when a student is stably housed.

The Invisible Million

Learn more about student homelessness where you live and work with the new tool, The United States of Student Homelessness.

Core Partners

As national leaders in their fields, SchoolHouse Connection, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness have released groundbreaking research and powerful resources relevant to education and child & youth homelessness.

These four organizations are partners in the work of the Education Leads Home campaign.

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The Education Leads Home campaign is possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.

The Education Leads Home campaign is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness). The Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of Californians. Cal Wellness is dedicated to promoting equity through advocacy and access.