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NCHE Resources

Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: An Introduction to the Issues
This NCHE brief provides basic information about the scope of the issue of children, youth, and family homelessness; the impact of homelessness on education; and the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Download Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: An Introduction to the Issues.

Homeless with Homework: An Introduction to Homeless Education
This 18-minute NCHE online video tutorial provides an overview of issues related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in the United States, including the definition of homeless, statistics related to family and youth homelessness, causes of family and youth homelessness, educational barriers and challenges faced by homeless children and youth, educational rights and services available to homeless children and youth, and ways to become more involved in supporting the education of homeless students.
View the Homeless with Homework: An Introduction to Homeless Education tutorial.

Potential Warning Signs of Homelessness
This NCHE webpage provides potential warning signs of homelessness that educators can look for when working with students.
Visit the webpage.


Other Resources

Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools
This report from Civic Enterprises provides unique insights into the challenges faced by homeless students and proposed strategies for addressing these challenges. Based on focus groups with and surveys of State Coordinators for Homeless Education, local homeless education liaisons, and homeless youth, the report provides an overview of existing research on homeless students, sheds light on the challenges homeless students face and the supports they say they need to succeed, reports on the challenges educators face in trying to help homeless students, and recommends changes in policy and practice to help homeless students get on a path to adult success.
Download Hidden in Plain Sight: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
NAEHCY is a national membership association dedicated to educational excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Through state and federal policy and technical assistance to NAEHCY members, students, and the public, NAEHCY seeks to change systems so that all children and youth can learn, succeed academically, and achieve their dreams. The NAEHCY website includes a variety of valuable resources related to the field of homeless education, including information about NAEHCY's policy work, annual conference, and scholarship fund.
Visit the NAEHCY website.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)
NLCHP is a national legal organization dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness. Through policy advocacy, public education, and impact litigation, NLCHP seeks to address the root causes of homelessness and meet the immediate and long-term needs of those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Among its portfolio of work, NLCHP focuses on educational access to homeless children and youth.
Visit the NLCHP website.
Visit the NLCHP Youth & Education Resources webpage.
Download Education of Homeless Children & Youth: The Guide to Their Rights.
Download No Barriers: A Legal Advocate's Guide to Ensuring Compliance with the Education Program of the McKinney-Vento Act.


Sample Forms, Materials, and Policies

Education Commission of the States (ECS): Recent State Policies/Activities
This webpage from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) summarizes state policies related to homeless education that have been enacted since 2000.
Visit the webpage.

Green Bay Area School District: McKinney-Vento Homeless Program Guidelines and Procedures
This manual from Green Bay Area Public Schools outlines the guidelines and procedures to be followed in implementing the McKinney-Vento Act. The following topics are included: Statement of Philosophy, Definition of Homeless Children and Youth, Enrollment, Guardianship, Residency, School Selection, Lunch Waiver, Fee Waiver, Comparable Services, Transportation, and Complaint/Dispute Resolution.
Download the manual.

Maine Education Bill 257
This Maine state law, formally entitled An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Engage Maine's Youth Regarding Successful School Completion, gives homeless students, students in foster care, and other students experiencing educational disruption, the opportunity to earn a diploma from the State Education Commissioner. Students are still required to demostrate proficiency according to state standards, but are given the opportunity to earn a diploma outside of a school district's standard procedures.
Download the law.

Milwaukee Public Schools: Administrative Policy 8.50/Administrative Procedures 8.50
This homeless education policy from Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) details what rights eligible children have under federal law and how MPS will ensure that these rights are protected and supported through local practice.
Download the policy.

Pennsylvania Education for Homeless Youth Basic Education Circular (BEC)
This BEC, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, provides guidance on the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act in Pennsylvania. It covers various topics, including eligibility for McKinney-Vento services, serving unaccompanied homeless youth, the provision of transportation to homeless students, and the resolution of disputes.
Download the Basic Education Circular.

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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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