Find ECYEHPA on Facebook The Center for Schools and Communities provides resources on behalf of Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program. These resources are available to individuals interested in the issues pertaining to

the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness.

The following resources will be provided directly by your regional or site coordinator:

  • Life is uncertain, but your child’s education doesn’t have to be. (parent poster)
  • Information for School-Age Youth (youth poster)

To order free copies of the Child Accounting Guidelines or questions about the resources, please contact Lynda Becker.

These resources are also available in PDF format below to be downloaded and printed for use in training and presentations.


Identify your Regional or Site Coordinator
Support for students experiencing homelessness is provided through a statewide network of staff that work with schools, agencies and the general community to address barriers to education. Regional Map


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.


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


Resource on Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice
The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) has announced a new publication, Best Practices in Interagency Collaboration: Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice, which provides basic information to help understand the juvenile court process and explain why the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act can assist juvenile justice agencies in supporting the enrollment in and success with school. Brief


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


Online Directory of Pennsylvania School Liaisons for Homeless Students and Statewide Shelters
Online directories are available for the Pennsylvania School Liaisons for Homeless Students and Statewide Shelters. Directories


Child Accounting Guidelines
There are key questions to ask when evaluating a homeless student’s situation and unique circumstance. This 5 ½”x 8 ½” informational pamphlet will be valuable if a student fits the homeless criteria. Contact information is listed for answers to general and specific questions about homelessness, child accounting, and transportation. Guidelines


Life is uncertain, but your child’s education doesn’t have to be. (parent poster 11x17)
Even if you lack a permanent residence, your children can receive help to stay in their home school district. Every child deserves school stability.
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Information for School-Age Youth (youth poster 11x17)
You may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.
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