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20+ Organizations Unite to Urge Education Secretary for Updated Guidance on ARP-HCY

More than twenty organizations joined SchoolHouse Connection in signing a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Cardona requesting updated guidance on the flexible use of American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY) funds to support the school identification, enrollment, and participation of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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LEA McKinney-Vento Homelessness Policy Checklist

This checklist is intended to assist local educational agencies in evaluating their own policies. It should be utilized for collaborative reviews with other LEA staff, aimed at identifying components within McKinney-Vento compliance and highlighting areas that may require policy adjustments and improvements in LEA practices.

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Referring Young Children to Early Childhood Development Programs: Checklist for Homeless Liaisons

Homeless liaisons have a responsibility under the McKinney-Vento Act to identify and refer younger children to early learning programs and are uniquely positioned to make those connections, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Use this checklist as a guide for ensuring young children experiencing homelessness are enrolled.

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How to Prep for the 2024-2025 FAFSA

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now fully available to students and parents following its 'soft launch' on December 31, 2023, which was a three-month delay from the usual October 1st release date. With all these new changes, we urge our network to be proactive and prep for the 24-25 FAFSA with these strategies.

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Flexing the Flexibility of ARP-HCY Funding Series: Making the Most of Federal Relief Dollars to Help Students Experiencing Homelessness

This series highlights some specific uses of ARP-HCY funds; explains why these uses may be beneficial for students experiencing homelessness; provides strategies to address common concerns; and highlights how some school districts are using ARP-HCY funds for these purposes.

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Indicators of Homelessness: Awareness Building Tools for Staff

This resource describes certain struggles or behaviors that may be indicators of homelessness, explains how we can reframe our thinking to better support students, and offers strategies to assist in the identification process by looking for red flags and reaching out to the building social worker or point of contact.

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