Ready for back to school?


"We serve a lot of families enrolling in school in Baltimore for the first time. We recently saw a single mom and her two children who immigrated from Honduras. After their first visit, the whole family connected with care. The youngest is up-to-date on vaccines and Community Health Workers helped mom get both kids enrolled in school. Being able to go to school is so important. It's a source of mental health care, a place to get meals, an active routine, a space to make friends and find a community."

Director of Pediatric and Family Medicine, Iris Leviner, MD

Navigating the back-to-school season can be hard enough on its own, let alone during a public health crisis—or without stable housing. Baltimore City and County schools open their doors on August 29; below, Iris and the rest of her team have shared resources to support teachers, parents/guardians and their little ones.

Know your rights

Regardless of your housing situation, your child has a right to:

  • School Breakfast & Lunch
  • Before/After School Programs
  • Preschool Programs
  • Transportation
  • Special Education
  • Gifted and Talented Programs
  • Career & Technology Education

The McKinney-Vento Act ensures these rights and provides services to children experiencing housing instability or homelessness.

    Services and resources at Health Care for the Homeless:

    We can help with:
    (Providers speak both English and Spanish)

    • Getting your child up-to-date on the required vaccinations 
      • Flu vaccines will be available in early September
      • COVID-19 vaccines are available to all children ages 6 months and up (as well as their parents, guardians, and caregivers)
    • Completing physical exams that are sometimes required by schools
      • School physical exams are offered by appointment
    • Preparing your family with COVID-19 safety for in-person school
    • Providing referrals to specialty medical care
    • Sharing education on child health like on nutrition, exercise, emotional health and wellness and learning concerns

    Resources to share:

    ​Does your family or someone you know need to connect with care?

    Local and statewide resources:

    Want to support care for children and families?

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