Letter from the U.S. Department of Education – Afghan Evacuees – February 7, 2022
On February 7th, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education released this letter to Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) state coordinators, providing additional information on the educational rights of students who are Afghan evacuees who may be living in temporary housing.
Download the Letter from the U.S. Department of Education – Afghan Evacuees – February 7, 2022.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
BRYCS is the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s national technical assistance provider on refugee child welfare. BRYCS assists service providers from refugee resettlement agencies; mainstream service agencies, such as child welfare and schools; and ethnic community based organizations.
Visit the BRYCS website
Children in Immigrant Families – The U.S. and 50 States: National Origins, Language, and Early Education
Immigrant Services Directory: Public Resource for Intake Referrals
This directory from the American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) includes over 400 organizations providing a variety of legal services to immigrants across all fifty states. The guide is organized geographically, followed by an alphabetical index of organizations by name. Information about each organization is displayed in a standard one-page format with various fields indicating the services provided, the area and detention facilities served, non-English language services available, and other relevant information.
Download Immigrant Services Directory: Public Resource for Intake Referrals
Immigration Legal Service Providers Directory
Newcomer Tool Kit
This tool kit from the U.S. Department of Education
is designed to help elementary and secondary teachers, principals, and other school staff members support the education of immigrant students. It provides (1) discussion of topics relevant to understanding, supporting, and engaging newcomer students and their families; (2) tools, strategies, and examples of classroom and school wide practices in action, along with chapter-specific professional learning activities for use in staff meetings or professional learning communities; and (3) selected resources for further information and assistance, most of which are available online at no cost.
Download the Newcomer Tool Kit
Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Students
This U.S. Department of Education
guide seeks to help educators support the academic success of undocumented youth, debunk misconceptions by clarifying the legal rights of undocumented students, share helpful information about financial aid options open to undocumented students, and support youth in applying for DACA consideration or renewal. It includes an overview of the rights of undocumented students, tips for educators on how to support undocumented youth in high school and college, key information on non-citizen access to federal financial aid, a list of private scholarships for which undocumented youth might be eligible, information on federally-funded adult education programs at the local level, and guidance for migrant students in accessing their education records for DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals).
Download Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Students
U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Department of Justice Dear Colleague Letter on Educating Undocumented Students
This May 2014 letter from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reiterate the federal government’s commitment to ensuring that all children and youth are provided with access to a free, appropriate public education, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The letter provides examples of acceptable and unacceptable enrollment practices for school districts to employ.
Download the ED/DOJ Dear Colleague letter
Download the accompanying ED/DOJ fact sheet
Download the accompanying ED/DOJ question and answer document