Resources for Educators, Liaisons, and School Administrators

General Resources

California Department of Education (CDE): Resources related to homeless students’ rights to enroll and participate fully in school. COVID-19 Resources for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness.

California Department of Education (CDE): List of COE Liaisons.

SchoolHouse Connection: Back to College and Training 2020: An Editable Toolkit for Assisting Youth with Experience in Foster Care or Homelessness

SchoolHouse Connection: COVID-19 and Homelessness: Strategies for Schools, Early Learning Programs, and Higher Education Institutions. As COVID-19 disrupts education, services and life across the country, children and youth experiencing homelessness are exceptionally vulnerable. This page offers resources to help meet their needs as we respond to this global crisis.

For Educators

National Association for The Education of Homeless Education and Youth: Contact information for State Coordinators for Homeless Education and the appropriate local liaisons can be found here

National Center for Homeless Education: McKinney Vento Law Into Practice Brief Series:  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.

SchoolHouse Connection: New Homeless Education Resources in Spanish. Esta página comparte información sobre los derechos educacionales de los niños y jóvenes sin hogar, y recursos para ayudarlos. This page shares information about the educational rights of homeless children and youth  and how to help.

California Homeless Youth Project: Emergency Housing, Food, & Financial Resources for Undergraduates at California’s Public Colleges and Universities. The California Homeless Youth Project compiled lists of basic needs resources that California’s public colleges and universities offer to undergraduates in order to make these resources more accessible.

Education Week: A Guide for Serving Homeless Students: Here are questions districts should weigh in serving homeless students in in-person, hybrid, or all-remote learning situations. Includes: Re-Entry Considerations For Homeless Students.

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE): The following are training videos created by the NCHE that include slides to go along with the audio and have a quiz at the end of the presentation.
Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility under ESSA 
Transitioning to Higher Education
Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students

Orange County Department of Education: Resources for Local Educational Agency (LEA) and School Districts. Includes information on McKiney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Educational Rights, Professional development, and other resources for families and communities including childcare and shelters.

California Department of Education (CDE): Early Childhood Education PPT.

For School Administrators

National Center for Homeless Education: Best Practices in Homeless Education. Immediate Enrollment Under McKinney-Vento: How Schools Can Keep Homeless Students Safe

SchoolHouse Connection: New Homeless Education Resources in Spanish. Esta página comparte información sobre los derechos educacionales de los niños y jóvenes sin hogar, y recursos para ayudarlos. This page shares information about the educational rights of homeless children and youth  and how to help.

California Homeless Youth Project: Emergency Housing, Food, & Financial Resources for Undergraduates at California’s Public Colleges and Universities. The California Homeless Youth Project compiled lists of basic needs resources that California’s public colleges and universities offer to undergraduates in order to make these resources more accessible.

Education Week: A Guide for Serving Homeless Students: Here are questions districts should weigh in serving homeless students in in-person, hybrid, or all-remote learning situations. Includes: Re-Entry Considerations For Homeless Students.

Orange County Department of Education: Resources for Local Educational Agency (LEA) and School Districts. Includes information on McKiney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, Educational Rights, Professional development, and other resources for families and communities including childcare and shelters.

CA Children’s Trust: A practical guide for financing social, emotional, and mental health in schools.

For Liaisons

National Center for Homeless Education: Immediate Enrollment Under McKinney-Vento: How Local Liaisons Can Keep Homeless Students Safe

National Center for Homeless Education: NCHE’s Homeless Liaison Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that will assist both new and veteran local liaisons in carrying out their responsibilities.

SchoolHouse Connection: Training Resources, Powerpoints, Tools, and Videos. The following resources are designed for liaisons to use when training school staff – for example, teachers, counselors, bus drivers, and principals. We welcome your suggestions for improving these resources, as well as your ideas for new resources. A complete list of all SchoolHouse Connection resources may be found here.

SchoolHouse Connection: Training Resources for LEA Homeless Liaisons: The following resources are designed for liaisons to use when training school staff – for example, teachers, counselors, bus drivers, and principals.

HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS): This bi-weekly digest contains recently published resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and its national, state, and local partners.