A Child´s Place

By: Jack Hewitt and Schuyler Greene

Introduction

According to A Child’s Place website they state, “Children without homes experience emotional and behavioral problems three times more than their housed peers”. Many children are homeless and do not have an education anywhere. A Child’s Place has first started in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina in 1989. A Child’s Place wants to help homeless children get an education. This organization is accomplishing goals and will make many more. A Child’s Place charity is going to find many more ways to find homeless children an education.

Mission Statement

Founded in 1989, A Child's Place (ACP) works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. Our purpose is to enable client homeless children to have the same educational opportunities and advantages as other children. Most of our client families are working poor, and virtually all of them live well below the poverty line. For them, homelessness is not a way of life, but a time in their lives. By minimizing the impact of this difficult time on the academic progress of children, ACP contributes to the likelihood that they will be promoted each year, graduate from high school and ultimately break the cycle of poverty.

What Is The Issue/ cause Your Charity Supports

The charity, A Child’s Place, supports children’s education. In the book, A Unique Celebration of School Around the World the author explains, “More than 115 million primary school aged children did not attend school in developing countries” (Smith 15). This is a startling fact that causes concern about world education. Therefore, it is one of the reasons why ACP works to improve children’s education. According to the charity’s website, “ACP works on removing these barriers of children education being harmed.

Kids around the world are being affected from child education. However, that's why About A Child's Place homepage states, ¨ACP works to remove these barriers of harming child education. Our purpose is to enable client homelessness children to have the same educational opportunities.¨ This problem can affect the world because if all kids have a problem of education they won't be able to get the help they need.

How did your organization begin and grow into what it is now?

A Child’s Place organization started in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina and began in 1989. A group of women were walking through Settlers Cemetery and saw some children playing during school hours. They asked why they were not in school and they told them they couldn’t enroll because they had no permanent address. Which means that they had no homes or never had one. So the women decided to open up a school classroom of 27 homeless students in a First Presbyterian Church. They had a teacher from CMS who named the class A Child’s Place. CMS is the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Soon after these beginnings of the school, Congress has now passed the McKinney-Vento Act which has been protecting children's rights for an education to this day. With this act passed, this has led the organization to help enroll homeless children into public schools for a long time. The ACP’s mission has been supporting homeless kids to public schools. Since 1989, the agency has been expanding its service capacity by many. What this means is that the organization is spreading all over and has been starting many more schools everywhere. “During the 2013-2014 school year the ACP has taken in and helped 2,843 children get into public schools” (“About A Child’s Place”). This is how A Child’s Place began and grew into what it is today.

What has your charity done to help the community?

A Child’s Place has been removing barriers along the way to what this organization has become as a whole. They have always been finding ways to remove these barriers to find homeless kids schools to enroll in. Some of these barriers include: “Hungry twice as often as other children, and sick four times more often” (“About A Child’s Place”). The ACP has been removing these barriers for a long time and many others as well. This is how ACP is what it is now today and how it has formed a community.

The organization is using money to help children find homes and an education. Except it does cost lots of money to do so. “It costs $817 a year to serve a client homeless child”(“About A Child’s Place”). Which means that it is all that money just for one child. A Child’s Place is using this money as well to build schools, as well as getting homeless children a home and education. It costs about $60,000 per year to just get children into the juvenile justice system. They have been using all of this money for a cause, not to just spend it all on things they don’t need. The academic portion of this charity is outstanding, it has shown to be in the 2013-2014 year 99% of the client homeless children have moved to the next grade level. Compared to the 64% nationally this has been much better and will become much better in the future. This is how A Child’s Place organization has become what it is today. This is bringing children to an education and will bring many more in the future.

How effective is your charity in accomplishing its goals?

The charity, A Child's Place, is effective in accomplishing goals. In Charity Navigator it states, ¨ ACP spend it's money on the program to keep it running, and the administrative, and the fundraising for the extra money.¨ its also states, ¨Charity Navigator rates ACP 4 stars. The charity is funded by having 68.4 contributions of gifts and grants, 9.6 federated campaigns, and 22.1 fundraising events.¨

Some evidence that ACP is making a difference in the community is in A Child's Place it states, ¨ Malcolm and Ava were two kids who would always move between hotels, shelters, and living with family time to time with their mom. So, the two mother had signed up for ACP. Child´s place assisted transportation for the kids for a ride to school. ACP connected the mom with local shelters, and a place to stay for two weeks when needed.¨ Therefore, ACP makes differences for the community.

Call To Action

A Child’s Place is helping many homeless people get an education. They are working to find all kids and education in the world. If you want to learn more about children’s education, go to http://www.achildsplace.org/.

Work Cited

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"A Child's Place." Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator, 2016. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.

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Smith, Penny, and Zahavit Shalev. A School like Mine: A Unique Celebration of Schools around the World. New York: DK, 2007. Print.