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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.

Dispute Resolution Letter
Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2001 Dispute Resolution letter that was sent to the field.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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


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 | | 866-856-8214 
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 20, 2019
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