national center for homeless education | nche

What's New?

New Resources | Homeless Education in the News | Events


New Resources: January – March 2017

View the new resource archives.


More Than a Place to Sleep: Understanding the Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students
This report from the Institue for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) explores differences in risk behaviors and health outcomes between homeless high school students and their housed classmates. Homeless high school students are struggling not only to find a place to sleep, but to meet their mental, emotional, and physical health needs as they pursue educational goals necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
View More Than a Place to Sleep: Understanding the Health and Well-Being of Homeless High School Students.
Date posted: 3/24/17

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
Visit the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.
Date posted: 3/21/17

Well-being of Young Children after Experiencing Homelessness
This research brief from the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services examines the well-being of young children 20 months after staying in emergency homeless shelters with their families. Using data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Family Options Study, the brief explores young children's pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, developmental delays, and behavior challenges. It also examines housing instability, child care instability, and enrollment in center-based care and Head Start, and associations between housing and child care stability and child well-being.
Download Well-being of Young Children after Experiencing Homelessness.
Date posted: 3/20/17

Aligning Education and Housing: Data Sharing Agreement Template
This data sharing template from the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) seeks to foster data sharing between housing and other sector organizations in order to improve efficiency, reduce duplication of efforts, and increase holistic care for low-income children. It draws upon successfully implemented data sharing agreements between housing authorities and other organizations. The template allows for flexibility by permitting the insertion and deletion of parts where indicated to fit community needs.
Download Aligning Education and Housing: Data Sharing Agreement Template.
Download Aligning Education and Housing: Data Sharing Agreement Template (for intermediary organizations).
Date posted: 3/17/17

Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education
This March 2017 report from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the Association of Community College Trustees surveys more than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states to assess the incidence of food and housing insecurity, including homelessness, among these students. The report concludes that an estimated average of 13 percent of community college students may be homeless.
Download Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education.
Date posted: 3/16/17

PBS Newshour: To fight student homelessness, this school district helps the whole family
If a homeless student is worrying about where he is spending the night, it’s likely he’s not going to be thinking much about his homework. And in one of the poorest districts in Kansas, educators have realized that to help homeless students they needed to do more to help homeless families. In February 2017, PBS Newshour special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week traveled to Kansas City to explore their unique program.
View the PBS Newshour video.
Access PBS Newshour class discussion questions (grades 7-12).
Date posted: 3/02/17

California's Partial Credit Model Policy: Improving the Educational Outcomes of Foster Youth
This manual from the California School Boards Association and the California Department of Social Services provides a guide for school districts and child welfare agencies on how to help ensure that foster youth are able to earn credits for school work despite challenges associated with high residential or school mobility. The lessons learned are applicable to support other highly mobile student groups, including homeless and migrant students.
Download California's Partial Credit Model Policy: Improving the Educational Outcomes of Foster Youth.
Date posted: 2/17/17

Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Supportive Housing
This tool, developed collaboratively by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, is designed to help supportive services and property management staff create environments and supportive services that are safe and developmentally appropriate for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The tool includes recommendations and information on how the physical spaces, programming, supportive services, policies and procedures, and staff can support early childhood safety and development.
Download the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Supportive Housing.
Date posted: 2/13/17

Success for Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education Act: Louisiana House Bill 906
This 2016 Louisiana law requires public post-secondary institutions within the state to designate a homeless and foster student liaison within its financial aid office. It also allows public post-secondary institutions within the state to grant resident status to homeless students and priority for student housing to homeless and foster students.
View the Success for Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education Act.
Date posted: 1/25/17

Delaware Relative Caregivers' School Authorization Affidavit
This form from Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) may be used to authorize the enrollment of a minor in school by grandparents and other relatives who are raising another relative's child without having legal custody or guardianship. Other states may wish to use this form as a guide for developing their own caregiver affidavit.
Download the affidavit.
Date posted: 1/24/17

California Courts: Caregiver's Authorization Affidavit
This form from the California Courts may be used to authorize the enrollment of a minor in school and authorize school-related medical care. Other states may wish to use this form as a guide for developing their own caregiver affidavit.
Download the affidavit.
Date posted: 1/24/17

HUD Point-In-Time Count Implementation Tools
The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is an annual count of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in the last 10 days in January. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires its Continuum of Care (CoC) grantees to conduct an annual count of sheltered homeless persons. CoCs also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year (odd numbered years). Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally by service providers and trained volunteers. This HUD webpage provides a variety of resources for planning and conducting the annual PIT count, including planning worksheets, survey tools, and data extrapolation tools.
Visit the HUD Point-In-Time Count Implementation Tools webpage.
Date posted: 1/19/17

Educational Stability for Children and Youth in Foster Care: Resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway
This webpage from the federally-funded Child Welfare Information Gateway includes a variety of resources to assist states, school districts, child welfare agencies, and their partners with implementing the new ESSA Title I, Part A provisions related to educational stability for students in foster care. Resources include federal communications, topical webpages, and sample tools from states and localities across the country.
Visit the Educational Stability for Children and Youth in Foster Care webpage.
Date posted: 1/19/17

Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care under ESSA: Resources from the Legal Center on Foster Care and Education
This webpage from the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education includes a variety of resources to assist states, school districts, child welfare agencies, and their partners with implementing the new ESSA Title I, Part A provisions related to educational stability for students in foster care. Resources include an implementation checklist, archived webinars, and a comprehensive state implementation toolkit.
Visit the Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care under ESSA webpage.
Date posted: 1/19/17
⇑ back to top
what's new on the nche website
download nche issue briefs
order nche products
register for an nche webinar
contact the nche helpline
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.

This website was produced with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, on contract no. ED-01-CO-0092/0001. The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education or the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

To view .pdf files, you must have the Adobe Reader program, available for free downloading at http://www.adobe.com/.

*Clicking on an external link will take you to a non-NCHE webpage or file. The external agency's privacy policy may differ from that of NCHE.
skip navigation for screen readers NCHE homepage