IHN provides a free after school program five days a week for children in shelter and permanent housing at the IHN Family Resource Center in Montclair.
Designed to help reduce the significant effects of homelessness on children (see facts below) while providing parents with relief from the cost of childcare, this program includes academic tutoring, enrichment activities, and healthy living education.
Volunteers from Seton Hall University, Montclair High School and the community provide pro bono tutoring four days a week to help students increase their proficiency as needed in language arts, math, social studies, science, and history. On Fridays, students participate in enrichment activities led by volunteers who often present a special activity or workshop with the children. If you are interested in volunteering in this program, please contact Angie Benedict.
Facts show that children experiencing homelessness:
- Are four times more likely to show delayed development.
- Are twice as likely to have learning disabilities as non-homeless children.
- Within a year, 41 percent attend two different schools and 28 percent attend three or more schools. Each change sets them back four to six months.
- In grades three to 12, only 48 percent were proficient in reading and only 43 percent were proficient in math.
(Facts gathered from National Center on Family Homelessness, Coalition for the Homeless, and the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.)