Title

Barriers to School Enrollment and Success of Children Living in Shelters in St. Paul, Minnesota: Perspectives of School and Shelter Staff

Date of Award

6-1-1996

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Rosemary Link

Second Advisor

Carol Kuechler

Third Advisor

William Mockenhaupt

Abstract

Nearly a decade since the passage of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, barriers to school enrollment and education of children who are homeless remain. The extent to which these barriers exist varies from place to place. To identify the barriers in the St. Paul Public School District, this study surveyed school and shelter staff and interviewed key informants. Survey findings indicate that the most important barriers to enrollment are: difficulty in acquiring children's school records and lack of transportation from the shelter to the school. Once enrolled, the greatest obstacles to school success for these children are repeated school transfers and lack of parental involvement in their child's education. The implications of the findings are discussed.

Identifier

SC 11.MSW.1996.JordanCK

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