Our Children and Homelessness

This course will address issues related to homelessness and the sociological underpinnings of homelessness. Potential impacts of homelessness such as toxic stress, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences (ACE) will be addressed, as well as the impact homelessness has on the mother/child relationship, child development, and long-term outcomes for both. 

Module 1: Who are the children living with homelessness?

Module 2: The impact of homelessness

Module 3: Maternal health and wellbeing


Course Format

The course is delivered online through the University of Minnesota’s online learning platform, and is made up of readings, out-of-class assignments, and online discussion. Through your participation in this course, you will have the opportunity to connect with others who work in the Early Childhood field in addition to your instructor Dr. Harney.  

This 12-hour course is spread over 4 weeks, so you should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week on course content. All work can be done on your own time as long as it is completed by the assigned due dates.

This course will give you a deeper understanding of the issues faced by mothers and children who are or have been homeless, and will provide you with strategies for working with those who have experienced the challenges of living under these circumstances.