2013-14 Data Collection Webinar Q&A
The Q&A of the 2013-14 Data Collection Webinar held September 19, 2013 is now available. Q&A

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. State Plan

October 28 – November 1, 2013
Pennsylvania Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week

Read Senate Resolution No. 245 which designates the week of October 28 through November 1 as Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week to educate the public about youth experiencing homelessness and to encourage schools, communities and individuals to plan for and support assistance programs for youth experiencing homelessness as they look to complete their education.

2013 Regional Homeless Advocates of the Year
At the 2013 ECYEH conference on October 8, 2013 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. More

2013 ECYEH Conference
Meeting the Challenge: Educating Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This statewide conference held October 7-8, 2013 at Hilton Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pa., attended by 180 professionals from across the state, provided valuable information for educators, homeless liaisons, shelter personnel, educators, pupil services personnel, guidance counselors, social workers and other professionals working with the students experiencing homelessness. Topics included domestic violence, teens experiencing homelessness, youth development, meeting the mental health needs of families experiencing homelessness, educator advocacy, fostering connections, early childhood, human trafficking, outreach practices, poverty, arts-based interventions and supporting academic achievement. Participants were informed and rejuvenated by the "Inocente" film screening and discussion and keynote address and workshop provided by Jeffrey Olivet of the Center for Social Innovation.

New Report Available Regarding Students Experiencing Homelessness in Pennsylvania
The Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program 2011-12 State Evaluation Report has been released. The report is also posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website. Report

T-Shirt Sale: Supporting Children Being Displaced by the Closing of State College Area Mobile Home Parks
Donate $10 and receive a student-designed t-shirt, sizes S-XL. Larger sizes available for $11 each. The chosen artwork was created as part of a poster contest “What Homelessness Means to Me” and voted on by the participants of the 2012 Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Conference.

Artwork front t-shirt

Artwork back t-shirt

To order, contact:
Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program, Region 6
Andrea Sheesley
Regional Homeless Coordinator
asheesley@iu28.org
(724) 463-5300 x1235

Checks should be made payable to ARIN IU 28/ECYEH.

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. Report

Education for Homeless Youth Basic Education Circular (BEC)
Click here to view the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Pennsylvania Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program BEC 42 U.S.C.A. 11431 et seq., issued February 3, 2010, 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 at www.naehcy.org.

Statewide Directory for Pennsylvania School Liaisons for Homeless Students and Statewide Shelter Directory
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. Locate Your District's Homeless Liaison and/or Find a Shelter in PA

Resource to Ensure Appropriate Services for Students Experiencing Homelessness
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare maintains a list of education liaisons that are available to help coordinate services and ensure an appropriate education for homeless students. Click here for the attached list (PDF format) for the person(s) identified in your county.

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