House of Tiny Treasures (HTT)
This nationally accredited early childhood education program provides developmentally-appropriate early childhood education for toddler and preschool age children while their parents attend classes and begin working. Most families are residing in area shelters and other housing programs. Nutritious meals, education and intensive art, play and speech therapy fulfill student needs. HTT is Houston’s most recognized therapeutic center dedicated to providing this unique clientele with essential opportunities to prepare young children to succeed in school.
The goal of SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures is to equip each child with the skills needed to self regulate, build cognitive skills, and problem solve thus preparing them for kindergarten. We assist families in attaining and maintaining self-sufficiency in order to break this cycle of homelessness. This is no easy task and is achieved with the help of an array of quality early childhood educators and other professionals.
A study released in May 2010 funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that obedience and academic problems among those who received low-quality care in their first 4 1/2 years of life persisted through their 15th birthdays, suggesting the potential for lifelong problems. Studies like this and others throughout the nation underscore the importance of an investment in quality childcare for children of all economic standing, but especially for the most at-risk children that SEARCH serves.
To effectively break the cycle of homelessness, we must start with the children.
House of Tiny Treasures in the news!
- Preschool Proves Itself to Homeless Mom (March 24, 2012): This piece focuses on one of our former clients and a current Board member/client representative, Wendi Hay, and our efforts to expand SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures.
For further information, read the House of Tiny Treasures Services Outcome Report.