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Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program

Basic Education Circulars (BECs) 

42 U.S.C 11431 et seq. Education of Homeless Youth (PDF)

24 P.S. § 13-1303a School Immunization Regulations

24.P.S. § 5-503 Admission to Kindergarten and Beginners

24 P.S. 13-1301 – 13-1306 Enrollment of Students

Other Resources

2012-13 Pennsylvania ECYEH State Evaluation Report (PDF)

2011-12 Pennsylvania ECYEH State Evaluation Report (PDF)

Child Accounting Guidelines (PDF)

Coordinating Title I Services with Homeless Programs (PDF)

Dispute Letter-English (PDF)
Dispute Letter-Spanish (PDF)

Educational Rights Poster for Parents-English (PDF)
Educational Rights Poster for Parents -Spanish (PDF)

Educational Rights Poster for Youth-English (PDF)
Educational Rights Poster for Youth-Spanish (PDF)

The Education of Children in Foster Care or Awaiting Foster Care Placement Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

The Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (PDF)

Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program Directory

The main purpose of the Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program is to make sure homeless youth have access to free and appropriate public education while removing barriers that homeless children face. Its goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while the children are in homeless situations. Some of the other main objectives of the Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program are to inform local school districts of their responsibilities to homeless children and youth, to increase awareness about the needs of homeless children, explain current legislation and policies, and provide practical tips for working with homeless children.

Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program's 2014 Task Force Report  (PDF)

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001

On July 22, 1987, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became public law. This was the first comprehensive federal law dealing with the problems of homelessness in America. Recently included in the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, it is now called the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.

Homeless Education Liasion Toolkit and McKinney-Vento Issue Briefs discussing selected issues pertaining to the McKinney-Vento

Homeless Assistance Act:

State Plan

Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program State Plan:

  • Informs school districts of their responsibility to homeless children and youth;
  • Provides policies that bring the state into compliance with federal law; and
  • Outlines assurances to be sure homeless students have equal access to a quality education.

The goal of the program is to ensure homeless children and youth are provided with a free and appropriate public education on an equal basis with all other children in the state. Program objectives and activities are intended to remove and/or ease the barriers to enrollment and educational success for homeless children.

Some key components of the State Plan, as quoted from the McKinney-Vento Act are:

  1. Each state educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.
  2. In any state that has a compulsory residency requirement as a component of the state's compulsory school attendance laws or other laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youths, the state will review and undertake steps to revise such laws, regulations, practices, or policies to ensure that homeless children and youths are afforded the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.
  3. Homelessness alone is not sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment.
  4. Homeless children and youths should have access to the education and other services that such children and youths need to ensure that such children and youths have an opportunity to meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.

Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program – State Plan 2013 (PDF)

PLEASE NOTE:

In accordance with the procedure developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and as stated in the Education for Homeless Youth Basic Education Circular (BEC) Section IX, a regional or site coordinator with whom a complaint or appeal is filed must notify the state coordinator immediately. Upon being notified, the state coordinator will review the complaint or appeal and assign it to a regional or site coordinator for disposition. The coordinator to whom the appeal is assigned may contact, interview and accept documentation from any individual or LEA involved, and shall issue a written disposition within 20 business days after the complaint or appeal has been assigned. The disposition shall be provided to the LEA and the parent, guardian or unaccompanied youth involved. The child or youth shall continue to be enrolled in the school in which he or she is seeking enrollment until the complaint or appeal is resolved or until a disposition from a McKinney-Vento coordinator is received.


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    For additional information, please contact:

    Sheldon Winnick | State Coordinator
    Pennsylvania Department of Education - Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program
    333 Market Street, 5th Floor | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
    Phone: 717.783.6466
    swinnick@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us