National Center for Homeless Education

The National Center for Homeless Education has resources to assist in improving services for students experiencing homelessness. A brief description of each document is provided. For further elaboration or guidance on any of these issues and the implementation of McKinney-Vento within Pennsylvania, please contact your Regional Coordinator or the Pennsylvania Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program State Coordinator Storm Camara, Pennsylvania Department of Education at (717) 772-2066.

Briefs

Best Practices in Homeless Education Series

Confirming Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Services: Do’s and Don’ts for Local Liaisons
Provides suggestions for school district homeless liaisons to effectively serve students experiencing homelessness.

Confirming Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Services: Do’s and Don’ts for School Districts
Provides suggestions for school personnel to effectively serve students experiencing homelessness.

Determining Eligibility for Rights and Services Under the McKinney-Vento Act
Provides specific steps to take to accurately identify students experiencing homelessness.

Immediate Enrollment Under McKinney-Vento: How Local Liaisons Can Keep Homeless Students Safe
Provides specific steps that school district homeless liaisons can take to ensure the safety of students experiencing homelessness.

Immediate Enrollment Under McKinney-Vento: How Schools Can Keep Homeless Students Safe
Provides specific steps that school district personnel can take to ensure the safety of students experiencing homelessness.

Navigating the Intersections of the McKinney-Vento Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Coordination to Help Homeless Children and Youth with Disabilities
Provides background information and specific scenarios about effectively serving homeless students with disabilities.

Prompt and Proper Placement: Enrolling Students without Records
Provides specific recommendations and requirements for enrolling homeless students without records.

School Selection for Students in Out-of-Home Care
Provides background information and strategies for working with students covered by both the McKinney-Vento Act and the Fostering Connections legislation.

When Working Together Works: Academic Success for Students in Out-of-Home Care
Provides best practices for working with students in out-of-home care who are also experiencing homelessness.

 

Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Series

What School District Administrators Should Know About the Educational Rights of Children Displaced by Disasters
Provides information for school district administrators about addressing the educational rights of students displaced by disasters.

 

McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice Series

The Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know
Provides information for service providers about addressing the educational rights for students in homeless situations.

The Educational Rights of Students in Homeless Situations: What District Administrators Should Know
Provides information for school district administrators about addressing the educational rights of students in homeless situations.

Local Homeless Education Liaisons
Provides background information and implementation strategies for individuals serving as school district homeless liaisons.

School Selection
Provides background information and implementation strategies for ensuring appropriate school selection for students experiencing homelessness.

Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness under Title I, Part A
Provides background information and requirements related to the use of Title I funding to support students experiencing homelessness.

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students
Provides background information and implementation strategies for ensuring appropriate services for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness.

Transporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Provides background information and implementation strategies for ensuring appropriate transportation services for students experiencing homelessness.

Who is Homeless?
Provides a comprehensive definition of homelessness.

 

Publications & Products

Educational Rights Poster (Youth)
A generic poster with information for school-aged youth experiencing homelessness – can be individualized by school, district or region.

Educational Rights Poster (Parent)
A generic poster with information for parents experiencing homelessness – can be individualized by school, district or region.

 

NAEHCY Resources

K-12 Education and ESSA
Information about the McKinney-Vento Act and Title I Part A, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

Early Childhood Education
General information and resources related to federal policy, preschool, Head Start and child care.

Higher Education
Information about the applicable laws and resources regarding college access, the educational rights to higher education for students experiencing homelessness, FAFSA, documentation of independent student status and best practices.

Housing
Information regarding housing and urban development resources and best practices for collaboration and housing strategies.

Nutrition
Information regarding food access and nutrition for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Immigrant Students
Resources regarding immigrant, migrant and refugee children and youth.

Unaccompanied Youth

Educational and other supports available to unaccompanied homeless youth.

K-12 Education: Special Education
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Resources to support the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness who also qualify for special education or related services.

 

Training & Awareness
PowerPoint presentations

The McKinney-Vento Act
Provides a comprehensive slide presentation on the McKinney-Vento Act and appropriate implementation of the law.

Unaccompanied Youth
Provides a comprehensive slide presentation on assisting unaccompanied youth in pursuing post-secondary education.

Young Children
Provides a comprehensive slide presentation on serving children, youth and families experiencing homelessness.