THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Encountering and engaging with people different from ourselves is a good thing. It leads to creating more compassionate, empathetic members of our community. Different life experiences, like financial situations, cultures, religions, and genders, are all valuable for understanding our world
Unhoused or homeless families are in schools across Santa Clara Unified. Your kids might already know homeless people and not even realize it.
Parents can use age appropriate language to explain this building and the people within it to their kids. Examples:
"This is for people who don't have a home, until they find a home"
"We are lucky because we have a home to sleep in every night. Not everybody does."
"Sometimes bad things happen to good people, or good people make a mistake and do bad things."
"Some people who need extra help to support themselves. We can help them by welcoming them to the neighborhood"