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Resources for Homeless Children and Youths

Resources related to homeless students' rights to enroll and participate fully in school.

Legislation External link opens in new window or tab.
Elementary and Secondary Education provisions as they relate to homeless education.

Resources Listserv
Join the Homeless Children and Youths Resources listserv to receive information and updates relating to the education of homeless children and youths.

Strategies
Suggested program strategies to assist with the implementation of homeless education provisions in the areas of transportation, identification, Title I, enrollment, preschool, and special education.

Letters

Educating Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Letter
The California Department of Education reminds local educational agencies of the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act's Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program.

Dispute Resolution Letter (DOCX)
This letter has been updated and includes the new provisions from the Every Student Succeeds Act effective October 1, 2016. This letter outlines the law and steps to ensure that disputes are resolved promptly while safeguarding the rights of all parties.

Training Modules

Homeless Education (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation will provide a high-level overview of the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness under Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Identifying Children and Youth in Homeless Situations (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab.
This NCHE brief summarizes the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act related to the identification of children and youth experiencing homelessness, and provides an overview of implementation strategies at the state and local levels.

Housing Questionnaire (PDF)
This is a template that should be used by all local educational agencies (LEAs) at least annually for all students to assist with identification of homeless children and youth.

Guidance for Completion of Housing Questionnaire (DOCX)
Guidance for local educational agencies (LEAs) on how to administer the housing questionnaire to all students, at least once a year.

Enrolling Homeless Children and Youth (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation is for enrollment personnel in understanding the legal guidelines for the immediate school enrollment of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Enrolling Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness in School (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab.
This NCHE brief explains the key provisions in the McKinney-Vento Act related to the school enrollment of students in homeless situations, including sections on enrollment barriers, immediate enrollment, school selection, and full participation in school.

Homelessness in the Classroom (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of how teachers can support the education of homeless children and youth in the classroom with concrete strategies for attendance, behavior, and academics.

Homeless Education and School Counselors (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation will to equip school counselors to meet the ESSA requirement to support students experiencing homelessness in their college and career readiness.

Someone to Turn To: School Site Liaisons for Students Experiencing Homelessness (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation encourages LEAs to implement the best practice of designating a school site liaison to assist with identification and support of homeless students.

Someone to Turn To Video
Video recording of the Someone To Turn To: School Site Liaisons for Students Experiencing Homelessness PowerPoint.

Someone to Turn To: School Site Liaisons for Students Experiencing Homelessness Transcript

Designating Liaisons for Students Experiencing Homelessness (DOCX)
This guidance shares relevant laws, key considerations for designation, and duties of both LEA liaisons and school site liaisons.

Sample Protocol for LEA Liaison and School Site Liaison Coordination (DOCX)
This protocol is designed to promote effective and efficient implementation of federal and state laws.

Sample Documents

Poster

"You Can Enroll in School" poster of information regarding school enrollment which is guaranteed by federal and state law regardless of housing.

Resources

Interagency Data Disclosure: A Tip Sheet on Interagency Data Sharing (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab.
Tip Sheet to help local educational agencies, homeless education programs, community agencies, and organizations serving homeless families, children, and youths better coordinate their services by sharing data and information.

Homeless Education - CalEdFacts
California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth External link opens in new window or tab.
A national grassroots membership association that connects educators, parents, advocates, researchers, and service providers to ensure success for children and youths in homeless situations.

National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE External link opens in new window or tab.
Educational organization that promotes continuous improvement of educational opportunities for all learners.

National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty External link opens in new window or tab.
A legal resource center that provides legal assistance.

School House Connection External link opens in new window or tab.
SchoolHouse Connection is a national non-profit organization working to overcome homelessness through education.

The John Burton Advocates for Youth External link opens in new window or tab.
The John Burton Advocates for Youth has developed an online training that offers a series of brief lectures on topics such as creating a college-going culture, application, enrollment and financial aid, all through the lens of special considerations for students who have experienced homelessness. The lectures are accompanied by optional quizzes and activities to support retention of the material. The training is designed to be used not only by Local Educational Agencies personnel but also those working with homeless students in other contexts such as non-profit organizations or other government programs.

Questions: Leanne Wheeler | HOMELESSED@cde.ca.gov | 866-856-8214 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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