Homeless children and their struggle to succeed in their academics

Jessica Martinez, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Homeless children struggle to be successful in school because he or she encountered barriers such as anxiety, depression, and stress because of their family's situation. Moreover, homeless children lack self-esteem, proper school supplies, and transportation for their academics success. Due to that cause, a majority of homeless children suffer grade retention including lower grades. It is difficult for homeless children to learn when he or she does not have a stable home. In addition, health problems affect learning for a school-age student. Likewise, living in a shelter home or welfare hotel can affect the child learning development because he or she does not have a comfortable environment. Finally, it is important to learn how to educate homeless children and the child special needs.