Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness Webinar Series

Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness Under the McKinney-Vento Act

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Early Care & Education Programs and Services for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

Early Childhood Trauma and Homelessness

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About the Presenters

Carie Bires, MSW, serves as Director, Illinois Policy at the Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago where she works to improve access to and the quality of early learning programs and services, with a focus on children and families with complex needs. Prior to her work at the Ounce, Carie held the position of Systems Integration Manager at Heartland Alliance, where she advocated on behalf of children and families experiencing homelessness, and also previously managed a program for children at a long-term transitional housing program. Carie holds a B.A. in music therapy from Western Illinois University and earned her graduate degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carie sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and is a member of the Illinois Early Learning Council.

Allison Lowe-Fotos, MSW, LCSW is a Policy Manager with the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She works on mental health, special education, early childhood expulsion, child welfare and juvenile justice, and workforce development initiatives and issues at the Ounce. She has previously worked in direct practice in early childhood education programs providing case management, family support work, therapy with children and families, infant/early childhood mental health consultation, and supervising a teen parent home visiting program. She also has international experience working in programs and projects in China, Mexico, and Turkey. Allison has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, an M.S.W. from Loyola University Chicago, and is credentialed in Infant Mental Health.

Jan Moore is celebrating her 20th year at the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. There, she serves as the Deputy Director, Technical Assistance at the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) helping educators, advocates, and others on issues related to educating students experiencing homelessness, foster care, and/or trauma. In addition, Jan advocates for at-risk children and youth both as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for those in foster care and as a surrogate parent for students with special education needs.