New Resources Now Available to Support the Education of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Two new booklets have just been released to assist in understanding the needs of students experiencing homelessness and how schools, community agencies and others can support full implementation of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
What You Should Know About Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness – a guide for school personnel to understand their role and responsibilities in supporting this vulnerable student population.
A General Guide to Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program – a training tool for any community audience wishing to learn more about the program.
Hard copies will soon be available through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Center for Schools and Communities and the eight ECYEH regions.
Deadline: October 23, 2015
2015 Regional Homeless Advocates Nominations Now Being Accepted
Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program is accepting nominations for the 2015 Regional Homeless Advocates of school district homeless liaisons, shelter and provider personnel and other professionals and individuals in Pennsylvania that fully support services and programs for students experiencing homelessness.
Students Submit Artwork to Highlight Student Homelessness for the 2015 Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program Artwork Project
Three students have designed artwork to build awareness of the more than 24,000 students in Pennsylvania who are experiencing homelessness. See photos of the artwork below. These students are being recognized for their contribution in their respective regions.
Region 2: 11th grade student at Muhlenberg School District was selected as the “winner” for 2015
Region 3: pre-school child from a local shelter
Region 7: 10th grade student from Wyoming Area School District
Pennsylvania’s 2013-14 state evaluation now available regarding students experiencing homelessness
The Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program 2013-14 state evaluation has been released.
State Plan of the Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program
The state plan, that describes the important work of ensuring full implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act to support the education of our students experiencing homelessness, has been updated.
Education for Homeless Youth Basic Education Circular (BEC)
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Pennsylvania Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program BEC 42 U.S.C.A. 11431 et seq., was issued February 3, 2010 and reviewed September 1, 2011. For more information about PDE's Pennsylvania Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program, please contact Sheldon Winnick, State Coordinator at (717) 783-6466.
Statewide Directory for Pennsylvania School Liaisons for Homeless Students and Statewide Shelter Directory – Locate your district's homeless liaison and/or find a shelter in Pa.
The Statewide Directory for Pennsylvania School Liaisons for Homeless Students and Statewide Shelter Directory are available online and provide access for you as well as the general public to current liaison and shelter contact information.
Resource to ensure appropriate services for students experiencing homelessness
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare maintains a list of education liaisons that are available in your county to help coordinate services and ensure an appropriate education for homeless students.