Nearly 1 in 20 children in California will experience homelessness during this school year. Indeed, there are thousands of children in the greater Bay Area living in shelters, transitional homes, hotels and motels, cars, tents, and other places not designed for or suitable for housing families and children. Sadly, these children are two times as likely as their housed peers to score poorly on standardized tests in math and reading, three times more likely to be placed in special education programs, four times more likely to drop out of school, and eight times more likely to repeat grades. Not surprisingly, in California, the high school graduation rate for homeless students lags far behind that of their housed peers, which has terrible consequences for both the diploma-less students and the economy.
CEP volunteers provide caring, consistent, and individualized support and they bring this support to the students, wherever they are located. Please make a donation today so that more students facing homelessness can receive: