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This early childhood education program provides developmentally-focused childcare for pre-school 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 traditional therapy fulfill student needs. SEARCH's House of Tiny Treasures (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 HTT is to equip each child with the skills needed to reach his or her maximum potential and be prepared 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.
Through clothing and supply drives, we work continually to gather household items, cloths, holiday gifts, coats, shoes, etc. for these children and their families. We focus mainly on survival items. We always remember the siblings of those who are at SEARCH's HTT so that the child doesn't go back to the shelter, car, under the bridge or wherever they might be living with something and the sibling gets nothing.
Without help, these children will be tomorrow's statistic, and they are too precious to ignore - who better to coordinate the effort than the College of Public Service. UHD CPS has officially adopted the SEARCH's HTT as a joint challenge with SEARCH to make a difference by attacking the cause(s) of homelessness through research and most importantly just not forgetting the plights of the homeless.
Last updated or reviewed on 6/30/14