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Academic Support of Homeless Children and Youth: An Overview
This webpage provides an overview of how administrators and teachers can support the education of homeless children and youth. It discusses educational barriers faced by homeless students, lists needs of homeless students according to age group, and discusses general strategies to employ in supporting homeless children and youth in school.
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Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: An Introduction to the Issues
This NCHE brief, updated in April 2014, 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.

Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelesness
This webpage provides a quick summary of the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness as established by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
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Local Homeless Education Liaisons
This brief explains the role and responsibilities of the Local Homeless Education Liaison, which every school district (LEA) in the country is required to appoint under federal law.
Download Local Homeless Education Liaisons.

Potential Warning Signs of Homelessness
This NCHE webpage provides potential warning signs of homelessness that educators can look for when working with students.
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The Educational Rights of Students in Homeless Situations: What District Administrators Should Know
This brief explains the main responsibilities of school districts (LEAs) under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Download The Educational Rights of Students in Homeless Situations: What District Administrators Should Know.


Other Resources

Foreclosed: 2 Million Homeless Students and Counting
This article appeared in the January 2009 edition (Vol. 56, No. 5) of NewsLeader, the award-winning newspaper published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). This timely article explores the spillover effects of the U.S. economic crisis into our nation's public schools and suggests ways that principals can take the lead in supporting the education of students experiencing homelessness. The article includes comments from NCHE Director, Diana Bowman.
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Posted with the NASSP permission; copyright 2009 National Association of Secondary School Principals; for more information on NASSP products and services to promote excellence in middle level and high school leadership, visit http://www.nassp.org/.

Helping Homeless Students
This article from the May 2004 edition of Principal Leadership Magazine provides background information on homelessness among school-aged children and youth and provides suggestions for school interventions that will help homeless students by providing stability and educational support.
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School Nurses: It's Not Just Bandages Anymore
This brief from Project HOPE discusses the role school nurses can play in addressing the health needs and supporting the education of students experiencing homelessness.
Download School Nurses: It's Not Just Bandages Anymore.

School Social Work Association of America
The School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) is dedicated to promoting the profession of School Social Work and the professional development of School Social Workers in order to enhance the educational experience of students and their families.
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School Social Workers: A Necessary Link to School Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness
This brief from Project HOPE discusses the role school social workers can play in assisting homeless families and their school-aged children.
Download School Social Workers: A Necessary Link to School Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness.

Tips for Supporting Mobile Students
This brief from Project HOPE discusses what schools can do to support the education of highly mobile students.
Download Tips for Supporting Mobile Students.

Unlocking Potential: What Educators Need to Know About Homelessness and Special Education
This brief from Project HOPE provides school personnel with the information they need to enroll, promote the attendance, and ensure the success of students with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness.
Download Unlocking Potential: What Educators Need to Know About Homelessness and Special Education.

What Educators Can Do: Homeless Children and Youth
This brief from Project HOPE introduces school personnel to the issue of homeless education and discusses what they can do to support the education of homeless children and youth. Issues covered include the McKinney-Vento definition of "homeless", the role of education in the life of a homeless child, possible signs of homelessness, what teachers can do to support homeless students, and resources for additional information or for use in the classroom.
Download What Educators Can Do: Homeless Children and Youth.

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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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