2014 Regional Homeless Advocates of the Year
At the 2014 ECYEH Conference on October 20 eight individuals were awarded the Advocate of the Year Award. Present from the Pennsylvania Department of Education were Carmen M. Medina, Chief of the Division of Student Services, and Sheldon Winnick, State Coordinator of the Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program, to present the awards. Recipients received a certificate and resources to enhance their work with students experiencing homelessness.
Pennsylvania’s 2012-13 state evaluation now available regarding students experiencing homelessness
The Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program 2012-13 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.
National Center for Homeless Education releases a new report: Summary of the State of Research on the Relationship Between Homelessness and Academic Achievement Among School-Aged Children and Youth
This publication provides an overview of research that studies the relationship between homelessness and academic achievement among school-aged children and youth in the United States. The report provides context on child, youth and family homelessness from the late 1980s to the present; summarizes policies and practices that link homeless children and youth to educational supports and services; provides an overview of selected research studies that examine the relationship between homelessness and academic achievement; describes commonly utilized methodologies and challenges in conducting research on homeless and highly mobile populations; and offers direction for further research.
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.
Resources to Support Unaccompanied Youth In School and Out
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth has developed three toolkits to support unaccompanied youth. Each toolkit contains a series of one to two briefs with specific strategies that have been tailored to specific stakeholder groups: high school counselors and McKinney-Vento liaisons, shelters and service providers, and college and university financial aid administrators. Topics include protocols for enrolling unaccompanied youth in school, a checklist and tools to launch an identification event in schools and shelters, basic information about the HEARTH Act, FAFSA information, tip sheets on access to services, and training resources. These publications are available at no charge.
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.