School Personnel Resources

NCHE Resources

Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: An Introduction to the Issue

This NCHE brief 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.

Local Homeless Education Liaisons: Understanding Their Role

This NCHE brief provides information on the role of the local homeless education liaison; reviews duties of the local liaison, as required by the McKinney-Vento Act; and provides strategies for local liaisons to carry out their responsibilities, and for district administrators to support them in their work.
Download Local Homeless Education Liaisons: Understanding Their Role.

Potential Warning Signs of Homelessness

This NCHE printout provides potential warning signs of homelessness that educators can look for when working with students.
Download the Warning Signs Printout.

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.

Sample Forms, Materials, and Policies

McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program: School Staff Resource

This booklet from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction guides school personnel in ways to support homeless families, children, and youth. Included are a summary of requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act and state legislation, the role of the local liaison, and both general strategies for school personnel and strategies for specific role groups to help homeless students enroll in school, attend regularly, and succeed academically. Also included are links to additional information and resources.
Download McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program: School Staff Resource.

Other Resources

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.
Visit the School Social Work Association of America website.

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.