First Advisor

Miranda Mosier

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Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Child and Family Studies and University Honors


Child and Family Studies




Homeless students -- Services for, Homeless youth -- Education, COVID-19 Pandemic (2020- )




This thesis is an examination of the barriers to education homeless youth may be faced with both before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Using past literature, this paper will focus on three main barriers homeless students may have faced before the pandemic. These are homeless students’ lack of support needed to succeed, how federal policy shapes homeless students’ opportunities and rights, and that the rate of children experiencing homelessness is rising, and little is being done about the fact. After discussing the literature before March 2020, this paper will examine the literature that has come out since the pandemic’s beginning, and discuss how the barriers are similar, different, and how past literature can be used to make predictions about the pandemic’s long term effects on homeless students' educational opportunities. Finally, this paper will offer potential solutions or recommendations for supporting youth experiencing homelessness in receiving an equitable education.


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