Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Supporting Homeless Children in the Classroom: Building Blocks, a Self-Directed Workbook for Preschool Teachers
by Brooks, Marissa, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 74; 13860134
Abstract (Summary)

Building Blocks is a self-directed workbook aimed to provide preschool teachers with the

support, knowledge, and skills to empower children experiencing homelessness to succeed in the

classroom setting. The learning objectives focus on: (a) what homelessness is; (b) societal factors

and barriers that contribute to homelessness; (c) how homelessness impacts cognitive, emotional,

and social development in children; (d) how homelessness is perceived as traumatic; (e) calming

and nurturing activities centered on early childhood brain development; and (f) how

homelessness impacts the parent-child relationship.

This resource utilizes a self-instructional design so that preschool teachers can work with

this resource on their own or collaborate with other preschool teachers and/or administrative

preschool staff. This workbook is titled Building Blocks and uses a primary colors theme with

each building block aimed at creating a foundation for preschool teachers to build upon their

relationships with children experiencing homelessness. Resources for future support also are


Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pasztor, Eileen Mayers
Commitee: Wilson, Steve, Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Early childhood education
Keywords: Behavior, Children, Homeless, Preschool, Support, Workbook
Publication Number: 13860134
ISBN: 9781085556798
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