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Better Make Room: Tools for College Selection
This webpage from Better Make Room, an organization that seeks to inspire students and provide them with the needed resources to continue their education past high school, provides practical tools to help higher education-bound students navigate the college transition process and choose the post-secondary institution that is right for them. Tools include a financial aid shopping sheet, college calculator, college finder, and college scoreboard. Better Make Room supports former First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative.
Visit the Better Make Room: Tools for College Selection webpage.
Date posted: 6/23/17

Bought and Sold: Recognizing and Assisting Youth Victims of Domestic Sex Trafficking
This guide from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families is for youth and family services professionals who come in direct contact with young people who may be sexually exploited or trafficked. Readers will learn who is most at risk, what to look for, what exploited and trafficked young people need, and where to get additional resources and support.
Download Bought and Sold: Recognizing and Assisting Youth Victims of Domestic Sex Trafficking.
Date posted: 6/13/17

Wyoming HB159: Unemancipated Homeless Minors
This Wyoming state law authorizes unemancipated homeless minors to obtain birth certificates and enter into binding contracts, as detailed in the law, and establishes that the fact a minor is homeless is not sufficient basis for reporting abuse or neglect.
Download the full text of Wyoming HB159.
Date posted: 6/13/17

Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing (2017)
Out of Reach, an annual publication from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, reports on the housing wage - the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on housing costs - for every state, county, and metropolitan area in the country. The report highlights the struggle faced by millions of families in affording a safe and decent home, as wages stagnate, rents increase, and the supply of affordable housing continues to be insufficient to meet the need.
Visit the Out of Reach 2017 webpage.
Visit Out of Reach webpages from previous years.
Date posted: 6/13/17

Serving Displaced and Food Insecure Students in the CSU
This study from the California State University System Chancellor's Office examines the experience of homelessness and food insecurity among students in the California State University (CSU) systeem. It also explores how CSU campuses are meeting the needs of displaced and food insecure students and offers recommendations for ensuring college success and graduation for these students.
Download Serving Displaced and Food Insecure Students in the CSU.
Date posted: 6/01/2017

Homeless Children and Youth in Public Schools
This webpage from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is a special data highlight from the NCES report entitled The Condition of Education 2017. The homeless education data highlight summarizes key data points from the 2014-2015 school year, including the number and percentage of public school students identified as homeless, the primary nighttime residence of homeless students, the location of homeless students (state; and rural, town, suburban, or urban), and more.
Visit the Homeless Children and Youth in Public Schools webpage.
Visit The Condition of Education 2017 webpage.
Date posted: 5/25/17

Guide to Collecting and Reporting Federal Data: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
This Guide serves as a resource for managing the collection and submission of high quality data that meets federal requirements. While primarily designed to meet the needs of State Coordinators for Homeless Education and EDFacts Coordinators, local liaisons may also find the Guide helpful in completing data reports required by their State Educational Agencies. The Guide includes:
  • a list of all the information school districts and states are required to report,
  • a table to help liaisons and state coordinators assess data quality,
  • sample comments states can submit with data, and
  • information to help plan for future collections.
    Download the Guide to Collecting and Reporting Federal Data: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program.
    Date posted: 5/16/17

  • Human Trafficking Awareness for the General Public
    This free 1-hour online course from Stanford University Online provides basic training on human trafficking, aiming to educate people on how to spot it and what to do about it in their own communities. The training covers the definition of human trafficking, its prevalence, and the places and industries in which it occurs. It examine whom it affects and the techniques used to force people into trafficking and hold them there. The training assumes no prior knowledge of human trafficking.
    Visit the Human Trafficking Awareness for the General Public training webpage.
    Date posted: 4/27/17

    Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plans
    The CCDBG Act requires states to submit plans that serve as the application for CCDF funds by providing a description of, and assurance about, the grantee’s child care program and all services available to eligible families. This webpage from the Administration on Children at Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides access to approved state CCDF plans for the FY-2016-2018 period, effective from June 1, 2016, through September 30, 2018.
    Visit the Approved CCDF Plans (FY 2016-2018) webpage.
    Download CCDF State Plan Excerpts from: Section 3.2.2. Improving Access to High Quality Child Care for Homeless Families.
    Date posted: 4/27/17

    AB 1806: Pupil Services - Homeless Children or Youth (CA state law)
    This 2014 California state law requires school districts to provide school transition and graduation assistance for students experiencing homelessness through the awarding of partial or full credit.
    View the California: AB 1806 law.
    Date posted: 4/20/17

    SB 1494: Relating to the Educational Needs of Homeless Students (TX state law)
    This 2015 Texas state law requires school districts to provide school transition and graduation assistance for students experiencing homelessness or in foster care through the awarding of partial or full credit.
    View the Texas: SB 1494 law.
    Date posted: 4/20/17

    SB 5241: Educational Success of Youth Who are Homeless or in Foster Care (WA state law)
    This 2017 Washington state law requires school districts to implement policies and procedures that eliminate barriers and facilitate the on-time grade level progression and graduation of students who are homeless or in foster care. Required procedures include the addressing of credit accrual through the awarding of partial or full credit.
    Download the Washington: SB 5241 law.
    Date posted: 4/20/17

    Labor and Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth
    This website details findings from two groundbreaking studies of Covenant House youth by The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Loyola University Modern Slavery Research Project. The studies drew on interviews with 911 homeless youth across 13 cities, including 12 cities where homeless young people accessed services through Covenant House between February 2014 and March 2017. Results reveal that nearly one-fifth of these youth were victims of human trafficking, including those trafficked for sex, labor, or both.
    Visit the Labor and Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth webpage.
    Date posted: 4/18/17

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