Fifty-nine shelters serving families experiencing homelessness, domestic violence survivors and their families, and others in 28 counties across Pennsylvania received over $400,000 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education / Department of Human Services (DHS). The funding, distributed by the Pennsylvania Key’s Head Start Collaboration Office and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), can be used to improve internet and wireless access and to support the purchase of computer equipment and supplies for parents and children to use while staying at the shelter.
This funding will allow parents at these shelters to look for jobs, permanent housing, find medical care and other supportive services, and access email. It will also be helpful for children to participate in educational services and programs, especially as some schools continue to operate in blended or virtual learning models. Additionally, it can be used for family engagement materials and activities.