Population Served: Homeless children enrolled in CMS, and their families
History: ACP began in 1989 after a group of women walking uptown noticed children playing in Settler’s Cemetery during school hours. Asked why they were not in school, the children explained they were not allowed to enroll without a permanent address. The women began A Child’s Place, starting with 27 homeless children in a room provided by First Presbyterian Church. After Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Act, ACP’s mission shifted to supporting homeless children enrolled in CMS and today serves approximately 3,000 students a year.
Approach: Students experiencing the chaos of homelessness are at the greatest risk of falling behind in school, and ACP works to keep them focused on academics and learning by providing educational and emotional support services, medical referrals, school supplies, backpacks, uniforms and daily snack bags to ensure that each child has something to eat when they leave school.