Barbara Duffield, Executive Director,

Alleanne Anderson, Policy and Advocacy Program Manager,

Patricia Julianelle, Senior Strategist for Program Advancement and Legal Affairs,

Leconte Lee, Senior Communications Manager,

Rodd Monts, Director of State Policy,

Erin Patterson, Director of Education Initiatives,

Roshanda Pinson, Program Manager, Youth Leadership & Scholarships,

Karen Rice, Senior Program Manager of Education Initiatives,

Jordyn Roark, Director of Youth Leadership and Scholarships,

Jillian Sitjar, Senior Program Manager, Higher Education,


Consulting Services

SchoolHouse Connection is the nation’s leading expert on the early care and education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. With 25 years of experience, we are highly sought after for our expertise and impactful advocacy efforts. Our staff helped craft the McKinney-Vento Act through amendments by the No Child Left Behind Act and the Every Student Succeeds Act. We have spent decades listening and learning about the best, evidence-based practices to implement it. We also work at the intersections between homelessness and privacy, disabilities, discipline, resilience, and immigration status. We are experts on financial aid policies for unaccompanied youth and how early childhood programs can best serve families experiencing homelessness.

Learn more about the services we provide and examples of our work.

General Inquiries


How to Contact your McKinney-Vento Liaison

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 youths enroll in school and have the opportunity to succeed academically.

Click HERE to find the contact information of your local homeless education liaison.

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.

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