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Resources for Homeless Children and Youths

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

COVID-19 Resources for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Equitable Reminders in Serving Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Rights and Protection Reminders:
LEAs must insure that children and youth experiencing homelessness are able to participate fully in school activities, and that barriers to identification, enrollment, and retention in school are identified and removed. Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:

  1. Immediate Enrollment: No matter the documentation.
  2. Transportation: LEAs should continue providing transportation support as needed to eliminate barriers to enrollment, participation and retention in school, including to pick up meals or distance learning items.
  3. Academic Access and Success: This includes free meals, and all other academic supports afforded to their housed peers and more.
  4. Please make sure to contact your local LEA or county Liaison on the Homeless Education web page.
    You can also contact one of our State Coordinators:
    Leanne Wheeler: LWheeler@cde.ca.gov
    Heidi Brahms: HBrahms@cde.ca.gov
    Karmina Barrales: KBarrales@cde.ca.gov

New Identification Strategies and Resources in Response to Coronavirus (DOCX)
Identification strategies and resources for LEAs in response to Coronavirus for students experiencing homelessness in one easy to access page.

Title I, Part A Reservation Funds for Homeless Education (DOCX)
This overview is a reminder to LEAs regarding the legislation and strategies for implementing the allowable uses of these funds for students experiencing homelessness.

California Department of Social Services' Housing and Homelessness Programs External link opens in new window or tab.

Governor Newsom Announces Project Roomkey External link opens in new window or tab. designated to target hotels in counties with significant homeless populations that are also experiencing high concentrations of COVID-19 transmission.

Resources

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

Reopening School for Students in Foster Care and Students Experiencing Homelessness
This letters reminds local educational agencies that when reopening schools, special populations such as students in foster care and children and youth experiencing homelessness must be considered.

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 outline the law and steps to ensure that disputes are resolved promptly while safeguarding the rights of all parties (Updated March 2020).

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

Identification Strategies for Homeless Children and Youth (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation provides in depth strategies for identifying students who may be experiencing homelessness. This is for all personnel at the LEA and school site levels to learn and implement strategies as required by law. The presentation follows the above module series and should be taken once understanding the definition, role and requirements of the LEA under the law.

Identification Strategies for Homeless Children and Youth Video
Video recording of the Identification Strategies for Homeless Children and Youth PowerPoint

Identification Strategies for Homeless Children and Youth Transcription

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.

Homeless Education and Early Education (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation provides information and suggests best practices to facilitate collaboration between schools, service provider agencies, and early childhood programs, and to increase the enrollment of and provision of services to families with young children experiencing homelessness.

Administrator's Role to Increase Academic Achievement and Performance Among Students Experiencing Homelessness (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation provides leadership strategies to support increases in academic and performance achievement, including as part of differentiated assistance, for students who are experiencing homelessness.

Health and Wellness for Students Experiencing Homelessness (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation offers information for stakeholders including nurses, socisl workers, counselors, and all other stakeholders who support the health and wellness of students experiencing homelessness.

All About Data and Homeless Education (PPTX)
This PowerPoint presentation will walk participants through the various CDE data points (CARS, CALPADS, etc.) as it relates to homeless education, including how to evaluate and analyze an LEA's homeless education data.

Collaboration with Community Partnerships and Service Providers to Support Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (PPTX)
The benefits of collaboration for both LEAs and students experiencing homelessness are far reaching. This PowerPoint presentation will support the LEA with a step-by-step process to build relationships with local community agencies, organizations, and non-profits.

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 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
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.

SchoolHouse 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: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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