By LAURA FIGUEROA         laura.figueroa@newsday.com

The number of homeless schoolchildren has quadrupled in Nassau County and more than doubled in Suffolk since the recession first hit — even as federal funding for homeless student programs has decreased.

While Long Island’s economy is recovering, the number of homeless families continues to grow, according to state and county figures.

The uptick has strained resources in many districts already beset by layoffs and reduced state education aid. Social service programs for the children and their families also have experienced federal, state and county budget cuts.

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