Helping Children in Lancaster & Lebanon Counties and Beyond
Children experiencing homelessness have the right to a stable education, and we can help put them on the path to success.
The Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness program (ECYEH) is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is based on the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This federal legislation ensures that homeless children and youth have access to a free, appropriate, public education.
Our team is committed to ensuring that all students experiencing homelessness have the opportunity to succeed in school. We eliminate barriers to education, educate the community about the nature of homelessness, and provide support to schools, families, and communities.
How the ECYEH program can help:
- HELP with school enrollment and placement
- PROVIDE community referrals
- COORDINATE transportation and support services
- IMPLEMENT tutoring and enrichment services
- ASSIST with obtaining supplies necessary for school
- SUPPLY training and outreach to school districts, families, and communities
Children and youth are eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act if they have been displaced from their homes and are living in a place that is not fixed, regular, or adequate, such as:
- Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
- In a place not designated as regular sleeping accommodation, such as a vehicle, park, hotel, or campground
- In a homeless or domestic violence shelter or transitional housing placement
- Outside of his/her home as an unaccompanied youth
- Awaiting foster care
- In any of the situations listed above as the child of a migrant family
Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:
- Continue their education in their current school, and receive transportation OR enroll immediately in the school where they are temporarily housed, even if lacking the paperwork normally required
- Participate in all applicable school programs, including supplemental services
- Receive free lunch
- Receive assistance with school-related expenses such as supplies, clothing, uniforms, etc.
About This Program:
PA Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessless Program: Region 2
The ECYEH program in Region 2 serves Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties, and is administered by the Berks County Intermediate Unit.
- About the ECYEH (Region 2) Program – view/download brochure
We provide training on the following topics:
- McKinney-Vento 101 – Looking for a basic overview of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act? This training is for you. Participants will gain an understanding of the challenges faced by students experiencing homelessness, including the specific challenges faced by unaccompanied youth. Characteristics of homelessness and identification strategies will be explored. An online poverty simulation can be added to this training.
- Foster Care – This training will provide a basic overview of school district responsibilities for foster care youth, under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act. Collaboration strategies and best practices in working with foster care youth will be explored.
- Transporting Students Experiencing Homelessness – This training will focus specifically on school district transportation requirements for students experiencing homelessness, as required by the McKinney-Vento Act. Best practices and creative transportation solutions will be explored.
- Homelessness in Early Childhood – Learn about the unique challenges faced by children experiencing homelessness in early childhood and their rights under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This training will focus on preschool, early intervention, and Head Start program.
Homeless Awareness Workshops for Students:
- Book Club
- Families in Transition
Local Resources (for Lancaster and/or Lebanon County):
- 211 – Get Connected. Get Help.
- Tenfold (formerly Tabor & LHOP)
- Community Basics
- Lebanon Coalition to End Homelessness
- Lan Co MyHome (Lancaster County Homeless Coalition)
School District Homeless Liaison Resources:
- Homeless Liaison Tool Kit
- School District Homeless Liaison Directory (Directories for homeless shelters and for ECYEH program coordinators are also available at this site.)
- ECYEH Data Site
- Education for Homeless Youth: Basic Education Circular
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- School House Connection
- National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
- National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
Forms and Documents:
- McKinney-Vento Guidance
- ECYEH Intake Form
- Sample Residency Questionnaire
- PA Department of Education Dispute Resolution Procedure
- Procedural Safeguards Notice of Denial of Enrollment
- Dispute Letter (English)
- Dispute Letter (Spanish)
- Title I Set-Aside Needs Assessment
Amy Stitzel, IU13 Homeless Liaison: email@example.com, 717-606-1744