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NCHE Resources

Parent booklet (Available in English and Spanish)
This brochure explains the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness and informs parents about ways in which they can support their children's education during times of mobility.
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Parent Pack Pocket Folder (Available in English and Spanish)
This sturdy, laminated folder provides parents a place to keep important records and documents related to their children's education. The folder also includes information on the rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness and helpful tips about enrollment and disenrollment.
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Parent poster (Available in English and Spanish)
This poster explains who qualifies as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and lists the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Place these posters in your school or community to generate public awareness.
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School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents
This brief, part of NCHE's Helping You Help Your Child: Information for Parents series, provides information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how it can help homeless children with special needs. It is designed for parents, guardians, and other people taking care of children and youth.
Download School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents.

Other Resources

Educational Resource Toolkit: A Reconnecting Families and Dads Initiative
This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeks to foster strong relationships between parents and their children, offers useful educational resources, and can be used by housing authorities as a tool to help parents support their children's academic success.
Download the toolkit.

Family Education Network
This website offers a variety of resources to help parents encourage success in their children's education.
Visit the website.

Helping Young Children Grown and Learn: A Guide for Families and Shelter Providers
This booklet from Project HOPE will help parents and shelter providers support children's early learning. Goals of the booklet include helping those working with young children to use everyday activities to encourage learning and growth, notice any concerns in a child's development, and locate resources for more information about early development.
Download the booklet.

Homelessness Resource Center: Parenting and Homelessness
This webpage, part of SAMHSA's Homelessness Resource Center, provides resources on the challenges of family relationships within the context of homelessness. Information includes practice, policy, and research recommendations to support parents as they stabilize their lives, care for their children, and move out of homelessness.
Visit the website.

IDEA Parent Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)
Published by the National Center for Learning Disabilities and GreatSchools, this free publication addresses the special issues, challenges and opportunities facing parents of children who struggle to learn. It introduces parents to several key parts of NCLB that they can use as tools to improve educational services for their child.
Download IDEA Parent Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004).

Parent–Teacher Conference Tip Sheets
These tip sheets from the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) provide key strategies for both parents and teachers to walk into conferences informed and prepared. A tip sheet aimed at school principals also outlines how school administrators can support parents and teachers to that end. Designed to be used as a set, these tip sheets combine consistent information with targeted suggestions so that parents and educators enter conferences with shared expectations and increased ability to work together to improve children's educational outcomes.
Download the tip sheets in English | Spanish.

Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities: Parent Materials
These materials from the U.S. Department of Education were identified to augment the Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities. They offer a collection of resources on topics such as assessment, instructional practices, behavior, and accommodations; however, these documents were written specifically for parents and include information they need as they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a quality education. These materials provide information that will help parents become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision making meetings that support students with disabilities and their families.
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Unlocking Potential: What Families and Shelters Needs to Know About Homelessness and Special Education
This brief from Project HOPE provides families experiencing homelessness and service providers who work with these families an overview of the special education process. It includes a table outlining the steps in the special education eligibility process and what families and service providers can do to make the process easier, resources to assist families or youth when special education services are being pursued, and definitions of words commonly used by educators and local homeless education liaisons.
Download the brief.

U.S. Department of Education: Especially for Parents
This section of the U.S. Dept. of Education's website provides numerous resources for parents interested in their children's education. Resources include a parent's guide to the No Child Left Behind Act, publications for parents, information on federal student aid for college, and more.
Visit the webpage.

Sample Forms, Materials, and Policies

Cobb County School District (Atlanta, GA) Information for Parents: McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
This one-page flyer from the Cobb County School District explains important information about the McKinney-Vento Act to parents.
Download the flyer in English | Spanish | Portuguese.

New York City Department of Education: Students in Temporary Housing Guide for Parents and Youth
This one-page document from the New York City Department of Education explains important information about the McKinney-Vento Act to parents and youth. The guide is available in nine languages.
Download the brochure in English | Arabic | Bengali | Chinese | French | Haitian Creole | Korean | Russian | Spanish | Urdu.

Packet for Parents Facing Incarceration
This sample packet from Adrian Public Schools in Adrian, MI, provides information to assist parents facing incarceration with making appropriate arrangements for their children. Included in the packet area checklist of tasks for parents facing incarceration, a list of frequently asked questions, a blank power of attorney form, a sample completed power of attorney form, and a flyer about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education program.
Download the packet.

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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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