The Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Program has evolved from the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program that was established in 1988 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

One of the main goals of the ECYEH Program is to help each student experiencing homelessness have a school life that is as regular as possible.

The ECYEH Program informs local school districts of their responsibilities to children and youth experiencing homelessness, increases awareness about the needs of children experiencing homelessness, reveals and overcomes possible educational barriers, explains current legislation and policies, and provides 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.

The Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, passed in the late 1980s, 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 revised per the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

Visit the PDE’s Homeless Education web page for additional information.