Early Childhood, PreK-12, Higher Education

Awareness and Training Resources

Free resources designed for training school personnel and for improving awareness and identification in communities.

Under federal law (the McKinney-Vento Act), every local educational agency (LEA) is required to designate a liaison for children and youth experiencing homelessness. LEA homeless liaisons have ten specific duties under the law, one of which is to provide professional development and other support to school personnel. Training school staff is essential in order for children and youth experiencing homelessness to be identified and to receive the education that is their surest path out of homelessness and poverty.

The following free resources are designed for training school personnel and for improving awareness and identification in communities.

The National Center for Homeless Education, the technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Education, also provides professional development materials and trainings.

Flyers and Infographics

  • Click Here to Download the Infographic
  • Click Here to Download the Editable Infographic – You can insert your agencies’ contact information in this editable Word doc version.

Public Service Announcements

To help inform families and youth about their educational rights, SchoolHouse Connection developed three public service announcements (PSA) aimed at reaching youth, families, educators, community organizations, and local leaders:

Customizable Powerpoint Presentations

For the basics on the McKinney-Vento Act. This customizable PowerPoint includes two basic scenarios with talking points, a quiz, and youth voice video clip. It can be edited for presentation lengths of 15-45 minutes. Simply click on File > Download > Microsoft PowerPoint. 

Two-Pagers on McKinney-Vento and Title I

American Rescue Plan Tools and Resources

American Rescue Plan — Homeless Children and Youth, or ARP-HCY funds, are uniquely flexible one-time funds that can help meet many urgent needs. SchoolHouse Connection has compiled resources on this page to help state and local educational agencies make the most of this historic opportunity to serve some of our nation’s most vulnerable students.

Tools for Specific School Staff

Access to Early Education

Transition to Higher Education

Spanish Language Resources

This resource page is entirely in Spanish, with fact sheets, flyers, and videos to support children and youth experiencing homelessness, birth through higher education.

1. Volantes Acerca de los Derechos McKinney-Vento | Editable “Know Your Rights” Flyers

2. Un Resumen del Acta McKinney-Vento | The-McKinney-Vento-Act-Quick-Reference

Voices of Youth Video

We sat down with a few of our SchoolHouse Connection Scholars to talk about the importance of education in their lives, their gratitude to mentors and educators, and the life-shaping impact of being seen and supported while experiencing homelessness. Please share this video with your networks. 

Q&A From The Field

SchoolHouse Connection receives many questions from educators, service providers, and the public about the education and care of children and youth experiencing homelessness. We respond to every question we receive, citing applicable law and policy. In order to assist people who may have similar questions, we feature many of the questions and answers on this web page.

In addition, you can download and print a complete FAQ document, organized by categories.

Q&A from the field

Homeless Education Directory

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, every local educational agency is required to designate a liaison for homeless children and youth. The local educational agency liaison coordinates services to ensure that homeless children and youth are identified and enrolled in school and have the opportunity to succeed academically.

Note: This contact information may change frequently due to staff turnover. If you have problems finding the right school district homeless liaison, please contact your state homeless education coordinator.

This directory now includes contact information for Head Start Collaboration Offices and for Homeless Higher Education Liaisons for those states that have designated homeless higher education liaisons.

Homeless Education Directory

Sample Materials from Local School Districts