Overview

One of the main goals of the Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program is to help each student experiencing homelessness have a school life that is as regular as possible during the period of homelessness. 

On July 22,1987 the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became public law. This was the first comprehensive federal law dealing with the problems of homelessness in America. The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act initiated the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. This Act was then revised per the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Education established the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program in 1988, which has now evolved into the ECYEH Program.
 
Some of the main objectives of the ECYEH Program are to inform local school districts of their responsibilities to children and youth experiencing homelessness, increase awareness about the needs of children experiencing homelessness, reveal and overcome possible educational barriers, explain current legislation and policies, and provide practical tips for working with students experiencing homelessness. Pennsylvania’s network of eight regional offices ensures that the educational needs of students experiencing homelessness are met.