In response to requests for tools and resources to help implement the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) provisions on homelessness, we’re sharing our latest resources:

  • Guidelines for Designating LEA-Level and Building-Level McKinney-Vento Liaisons. Designating school building-level McKinney-Vento contacts can be a highly effective best practice for identifying children and youth who are experiencing homelessness, and ensuring full implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act. However, sometimes roles can become muddled. These guidelines were created in response to a request from a State McKinney-Vento Coordinator who confronted challenges clarifying lines of authority and responsibility in school districts that designate school building-level McKinney-Vento contacts (in addition to the required designation of the school district McKinney-Vento liaison). The guidelines are designed to share the relevant laws. and provide a procedure to help maintain clear roles and responsibilities.
  • State Laws on High School Graduation for Students Experiencing Homelessness. The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) places great emphasis on high school graduation for students experiencing homelessness. This document summarizes state laws that complement these federal requirements. Please contact Patricia Julianelle at to share information about other state laws that promote high school graduation for students experiencing homelessness.
  • ESSA and Supporting College and Career Readiness and Success for Youth Experiencing Homelessness. This page hosts a recording and Power Point of a webinar that SchoolHouse Connection co-sponsored with the American Youth Policy Forum on practical strategies to implement ESSA.

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