We conduct webinars featuring expert national, state, and local presenters on a wide range of topics. Click on the tabs below to find archived webinars by subject area.

Partnerships that Connect Child Care and Head Start with McKinney-Vento Liaisons and Public Schools
Date Recorded: October 9, 2019

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #: 886811245-7667) for 1 continuing education contact hour]

This webinar will share models for connecting child care and Head Start programs through partnerships with McKinney-Vento liaisons and local school districts. Presenters will describe how they are connecting systems and changing practice to enhance enrollment of young children experiencing homelessness in early childhood programs offering quality child care and Head Start services. After an overview of relevant regulatory expectations and requirements of school districts, early care and housing to work together, presenters will describe their efforts from their positions within local school districts and housing to engage child care and Head Start providers in ways that ensure timely access to and full participation in early care and education programs and create sustainable systems that support families.
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Handouts: BELL Summary FY2018, Preschool Head Start and Child Care Policies for Children

Addressing the Challenges of Homelessness Using a Two-Generational Lens: Meeting the Needs of Young Children and Parenting Youth
Date Recorded: September 11, 2019

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-4917) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

This webinar will focus on the developmental, educational and learning needs of young children and their young parents who are experiencing homelessness. Presenters will describe the impact of homelessness on the development and learning of infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children and describe the impact of homelessness on the development and education of young parents, as well as their role as parents. Presenters will address the importance of ensuring that the needs of the young child, the young parent, and the parent-child relationship are all addressed, despite the narrow focus of programs that serve each age group separately. Presenters will describe how Head Start and Early Head Start exemplify the two-generational approach through teamwork and partnerships with others.
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Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness: Supporting Young Parents and Their Children
Date Recorded: July 24, 2019

[Presented in partnership with Parents as Teachers]

Families and their children who experience homelessness face a host of challenges and often have difficulty accessing the right services. At the same time these families face barriers to accessing supports such as home visiting.

This webinar will focus on raising home visitor awareness of the policies and rights of infants, toddlers and families experiencing homelessness. Participants will learn about an innovative Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) demonstration project in Chicago. Listeners will also have an opportunity to hear a St. Louis-based MIECHV home visitor discuss on the challenges and practitioners tips for working with families experiencing homelessness.

The audience also will learn ideas for supporting policies that eliminate barriers and provide greater access to services to support pregnant and parenting youth. Additional learning resources will be identified for the field.
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Sesame Street’s National Initiative on Family Homelessness
Date Recorded: April 9, 2019

Last year, Sesame Street Workshop launched a national initiative on family homelessness to bring awareness and support to young children and their parents who are homeless, and those who serve them, including early childhood programs, schools, and service providers. Lily, a sweet and resilient 7-year-old muppet whose family experienced homelessness, is featured throughout the new resources, which include a storybook, videos, activities, and other materials for providers. This webinar will provide an overview of the resources, insights into how they were created, as well as examples of how practitioners are using them to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and provide support to children and families experiencing homelessness.
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Head Start 101 for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and Homeless Service Providers
Date Recorded: February 6, 2019

Learn the basics about Head Start! Head Start’s comprehensive service array ensures health, mental health, dental, disability, and quality education for children and a range of supports for families – a true two-generational program. Learn about the unique range of free services Head Start has to offer to families experiencing homelessness, including Head Start center-based preschool for children ages 3 to 5, and Early Head Start home visiting and center-based infant toddler care. Families experiencing homelessness are prioritized for enrollment and many programs have spaces set aside for them. Head Start Family Service staff work closely with liaisons and homeless and housing partners to promote collaboration and stability.
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North Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral
Date Recorded: October 22, 2018

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How Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies are Supporting Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: October 17, 2018

This webinar will highlight the ways in which Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agencies and early childhood and housing providers are working together to increase participation of young children experiencing homelessness in early childhood programs. National and state leaders and local CCR&R staff will share information on trends and resources being used to build capacity, engage families, enroll children and support providers. Emphasis will be on partnering across provider systems to better understand community needs and implement comprehensive strategies to ensure success.
Resources:
Is My Early Childhood Program a McKinney-Vento “Preschool?”
8 Training Modules: Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
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Head Start and McKinney-Vento: Natural Partners
Date Recorded: September 19, 2018

This webinar will cover how Head Start programs and LEA McKinney-Vento liaisons are working together to better serve children experiencing homelessness and their families. The webinar will include a description of regulatory requirements for Head Start and LEAs to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness, as well as provide practical examples of how Head Start and LEAs are partnering with one another and templates for more formal Head Start-LEA working agreements (MOUs).
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Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Best Practices in Drop-In and Residential Services
Date Recorded: August 8, 2018

Research shows that approximately 1.1 million children have an 18- to 25-year-old parent who experienced homelessness during the past year. The instability associated with homelessness can have a profound impact on childhood development and on the health and well-being of parents, so it is critical to connect young parents with programs that can meet both their needs and those of their children. This webinar will provide an overview of the common challenges faced by young people who are pregnant or parenting while experiencing homelessness, and will share the experience and expertise of drop-in services, early childhood development providers, and residential programs that have successfully partnered to serve young families experiencing homelessness.
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Child Care for Families Experiencing Homelessness: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead, Part 2
Date Recorded: June 7, 2018

Families experiencing homelessness face unique barriers to accessing quality child care; yet without quality child care, parents struggle to find and keep the employment they need to maintain housing, and the health and development of children are compromised. It’s been four years since Congress passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 with specific requirements for states on families experiencing homelessness and two years since the release in 2016 of the CCDF Final Rule providing guidance to states. Join this webinar to find out what lessons have been learned, and how should these lessons inform states’ CCDF State Plans for 2019-2021 due June 30, 2018. This webinar will provide descriptions of how states have gathered input into their planning process for serving families experiencing homelessness and ways they are progressing toward implementing policies and practices given their unique state resources and structures. Implementation can often involve state legislative action, redesigning contracts, regulatory changes, extensive training, etc. Learn about the provisions in the CCDF Plan Preprint 2019-2021, and find out how you can weigh in on your state’s planning process to improve child care for some of our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families.
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Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and School-based Staff
Date Recorded: May 9, 2018

An estimated 1.2 million children under age 6 experience homelessness each year. Homelessness in early childhood has been found to be associated with delays in language, literacy, and social-emotional development, putting children at risk for later academic problems. Early childhood programs can ameliorate these effects. Yet homelessness creates unique barriers to accessing and participating in early childhood programs. This webinar will share information about early childhood programs that may be available in your community, including what they provide and how to find them. Then, a school district early childhood program administrator and a McKinney-Vento liaison will share their practical strategies for collaboration, streamlining enrollment, and working with families.
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Child Care for Families Experiencing Homelessness: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead
Date Recorded: May 3, 2018

Families experiencing homelessness face unique barriers to accessing quality child care; yet without quality child care, parents struggle to find and keep the employment they need to maintain housing, and the health and development of children are compromised. It’s been four years since Congress passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) of 2014 with specific requirements for states on families experiencing homelessness, and two years since the release in 2016 of the CCDF Final Rule providing guidance to states. What lessons have been learned, and how should these lessons inform states’ CCDF State Plans for 2019-2021, due June 30, 2018? This webinar will present new research on how states have served families experiencing homelessness, as well as insights from several states about what they have done, and what they plan to do. With an historic $2.37 billion increase in CCDBG funding – the largest increase in child care funding of all time – it is especially important to learn about the provisions in the CCDF Plan Preprint 2019-2021, and find out how you can weigh in on your state’s planning process to improve child care for some of our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families.
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Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness: Supporting Young Parents and Their Children Through Education and Early Care
Date Recorded: March 7, 2018

Pregnancy, parenting, and homelessness put youth at significant risk of dropping out of high school. Lack of a high school degree, in turn, is significantly correlated with homelessness: new research finds that youth without a high school diploma or GED are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness; that youth who are pregnant or parenting are three times more likely to experience homelessness; and that more than one in three unmarried homeless young women is pregnant or parenting. These findings are especially alarming because homelessness in early childhood can have lifelong consequences. Helping young parents graduate from high school, and making sure that their children participate in quality early care programs, are essential to preventing future homelessness and promoting long-term economic independence. This webinar will provide an overview of educational protections and services for homeless young parents and their children, and highlight successful strategies at the state and local level. Practitioners will share lessons learned and how to build partnerships for supporting parents and children.
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Sesame Street in Communities: Traumatic Experiences
Date Recorded: November 14, 2017

An estimated 1.2 million children under the age of six experience homelessness. Homelessness and trauma are inextricably connected. Traumatic experiences change the way children’s’ brains are wired. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. It helps when children feel seen and heard by a caring adult and someone patiently teaches coping strategies and resilience-building techniques. Your friends at Sesame Street have created resources to help caring grown-ups like you mitigate the effects of traumatic experiences in the children you care for. In this webinar, we’ll walk through our latest initiative, Sesame Street in Communities, and explore a selection of these resources to help you bring these protective factors to life.
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Increasing Access to PreK and Other Early Childhood Programs for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: June 27, 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the Head Start Program Performance Standards, and the Child Care Development Fund regulations contain new requirements for identifying and supporting young children experiencing homelessness. This webinar will provide a brief overview of these policies as well as practical suggestions for implementing them at the local and state level. School district and state education agency leaders will describe the steps that they have taken to put policies into practice, and offer suggestions for adapting and replicating these practices to support our youngest children experiencing homelessness. This webinar will be of benefit to early care and education professionals, as well as to family homeless and housing professionals.
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Homelessness and Chronic Absenteeism in Rural Communities
Date Recorded: November 13, 2019

Almost 8 million students were chronically absent from schools during the 2015-2016 school year. Unsurprisingly, research shows that economically disadvantaged students are more likely to be chronically absent than the overall student population—but studies also indicate that students experiencing homelessness are chronically absent at rates even higher than their housed, low-income peers. In many rural communities across the country, homeless students experience a unique set of challenges getting to school regularly and on time. During this webinar, we’ll talk with county-level education practitioners about those unique challenges in rural communities, as well as the resources provided to address barriers to attendance and collaborative strategies to support positive attendance for students experiencing homelessness.
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Be Attentive to Attendance: How Chronic Absenteeism Affects Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: November 12, 2019

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-5127) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

Students who miss 10 percent or more of days enrolled are defined as chronically absent–including both excused and unexcused absences. When students consistently miss school, it often is a sign of underlying challenges and may indicate a student is experiencing homelessness. How can we use available attendance data to help identify children and youth in crisis? During this webinar, we’ll talk with researchers, program administrators, and a school district homeless liaison about the significance of attendance data for homeless students, how we can turn data into substantive interventions, and trauma-informed supportive strategies at the school and district level.
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Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness: What the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Teaches Us About Health Risks, and How Professionals Can Mitigate Them
Date Recorded: October 23, 2019

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-5069) for 1 continuing education contact hour]

Join two SchoolHouse Connection Young Leaders to talk about specific strategies for social workers, family and youth service providers, high schools, colleges, and universities to support students experiencing homelessness. The webinar will share information from SHC’s analysis of Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, showing the prevalence of homelessness among high school students; racial and ethnic disparities; and health risks such as substance abuse, suicide, and physical and sexual violence. Then, two young people who have experienced homelessness will talk about how social workers, service providers, educators and others can help prevent and mitigate those health risk
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Implementing the McKinney-Vento Act: Replicable Practices and Top Tips from Experts
Date Recorded: September 17, 2019

[This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808546-8062) for 1 continuing education contact hour.]

This interview-style webinar will share replicable strategies and top tips for implementing key aspects of the McKinney-Vento Act from four experts representing urban and rural school districts. We’ll ask our guests some hard-hitting McKinney-Vento questions, such as:

  • When, how, and whom do you train to help with identification in your school district?
  • Who are your most important community partners, for identification and also for services?
  • What are 2-3 key LEA policies you have in place that help you implement the McKinney-Vento Act?
  • What are 2-3 key parts of your enrollment forms or process that help ensure immediate enrollment?
  • What 2-3 interventions have you seen be the most successful in increasing attendance for McKinney-Vento students?
  • What 2-3 interventions have you seen be the most successful in increasing high school graduation rates and transitions to higher education for McKinney-Vento students?

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The Power of Relationship: How Mentorship Can Support Chronically Absent Homeless Students
Date Recorded: August 29, 2019

Research shows that chronically absent students, especially those also experiencing homelessness, are less likely to meet grade-level proficiency standards and more likely to drop out of school–and that even absences in early grades have lasting impact. Research also indicates, however, that strong relationships can be a powerful protective factor in supporting improved school attendance and success. In this webinar, we’ll learn about the core components and foundational theories of Check & Connect: an evidence-based intervention used with students who show warning signs of disengagement from school and who are at risk of dropping out. Participants will also learn about the basic steps involved in implementing Check & Connect, and will hear from a school district homeless liaison about one district’s promising results in implementing Check & Connect. Finally, participants will hear from a young person who experienced homelessness in high school and how mentorship supported her path to graduation.
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McKinney-Vento Train the Trainer
Date Recorded: August 15, 2019

As schools across the country start to reopen their doors, many local educational agency homeless liaisons have asked SchoolHouse Connection for resources for the back-to-school trainings they conduct with school staff, including teachers, counselors, social workers, transportation staff, principals, registrars, and others. In response, we have compiled a comprehensive set of training resources. This webinar will share these resources, along with a quick refresher on the basics of the McKinney-Vento Act, and plenty of time for Q&A in preparation for your own upcoming trainings.
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How Improved Teacher Development Can Help Identify and Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: August 14, 2019

For many students experiencing homelessness, school is the only place of stability in their life. Like many other support staff, teachers play a crucial role in creating a classroom environment that is safe and supportive for all students, especially those who are highly mobile and have experienced the trauma that often accompanies homelessness. It is therefore critical to provide teachers with comprehensive training and professional development to help them better identify and support the academic success of homeless students. In this webinar, two school of education professors will share their best practice strategies for training both pre-service teachers and those in the field to improve identification practices and supportive services for McKinney-Vento eligible students.
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Recommended Practices for Elementary Teachers
Recommended Practices for Middle Level and High School Teachers
Tips for Teachers & Staff: How to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

Addressing the Legal Needs of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: June 20, 2019
[In partnership with the American Bar Association]

Check out this free CLE program on innovative legal strategies for advocates and attorneys to protect the rights of students experiencing homelessness inside and outside the school gates. Panelists explore the importance of eliminating barriers and expanding access to legal services for this vulnerable population, highlight the need for collaborating and coordinating with school officials and other education advocates, and discuss the role attorneys can play in supporting this work. This program includes policy updates, and touches on screening for legal needs with respect to access to education, public benefits, housing, transportation, after-school activities, and other school-related matters. It also discusses the importance of trauma-informed legal services and ways to get involved and engage others through different forms of advocacy, including pro bono support, direct representation, and “Know Your Rights” seminars.
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Natural Disasters and Homelessness
Date Recorded: May 21, 2019

Natural disasters can wreak havoc on families, schools, and entire communities. Schools with robust McKinney-Vento programs are more prepared to respond to and recover from disasters. However, the process is long and arduous. In this webinar, we will hear from two McKinney-Vento Liaisons with extensive experience with disaster response and recovery, as well as a Crisis Management Specialist. The presenters will share practical strategies to help schools and service providers prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters.
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Identifying Students Experiencing Homelessness: How Small Changes in Email Communications Can Achieve Big Results
Date Recorded: May 20, 2019

Schools often struggle to identify children and youth experiencing homelessness, but identification is a critical first step in providing the support needed for educational success. This webinar will share the creation and results of a pilot project and study executed by the Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) within the General Services Administration. The project used insights from behavioral science to develop new email communication materials to share simplified information on homelessness with school district homeless liaisons and superintendents in New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York. These simplified emails were designed to help school districts accurately identify homeless students in their districts and schools. Throughout the webinar, one member of the OES project development team and representatives from the New York and New Mexico teams will share their insights and experiences so that practitioners in other school districts and states can replicate the project and improve the identification of students experiencing homelessness.
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Tools to Identify Students Experiencing Homelessness

Improving School Attendance for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Model School-Shelter Partnership
Date Recorded: May 6, 2019

This webinar will share the innovative model developed by the Improving School Attendance for Homeless Children (ISAHC) program in New York City, which provides new training and coordination resources to identify, address, and manage multiple systemic, intergenerational, and logistical barriers to improving school attendance among students experiencing homelessness.

Participants will learn how the program is data-informed and purposefully designed to rely predominantly on existing resources (adding only minimal new costs; use a team approach, and employ evidence-based practices at the individual and systems levels. The collaborative ISAHC team, the most significant feature of the model, brings together staff from the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and shelter provider staff to analyze and address the issues underlying school absences. Participants will also learn how to track student attendance progress using simple data analysis techniques and how to use attendance data as a tool for identifying families with complex challenges. Finally, participants will hear about methods for improving school attendance from the first day of homelessness, at coordinated entry systems, schools and shelters.
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Removing Barriers to Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (Hosted by NASFAA)
Date Recorded, April 10, 2019

Approximately one in 10 American young adults ages 18 to 25, and at least one in 30 adolescent minors ages 13 to 17, is estimated to endure homelessness on their own over the course of a year. Youth who experience homelessness face unique barriers to accessing and completing higher education, including barriers to financial aid. Yet higher education is their best opportunity for economic independence and healthier lives.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Review the federal definition of homelessness, and the causes and consequences of homelessness among unaccompanied youth.
  • Review current policies in the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Higher Education Act designed to remove barriers to financial aid.
  • Learn practical strategies from higher education professionals, including financial aid administrators, for implementing these policies and supporting homeless youth.

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Webinar Handout
FAQ Handout
Making UHY Determinations Tool
Independent Student Status of UHY Determination for 19-20 FAFSA Letter

Be Attentive to Attendance: Leveraging Chronic Absenteeism Data to Help Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: February 27, 2019

Students who miss 10 percent or more of days enrolled are defined as chronically absent–including both excused and unexcused absences. When students consistently miss school, it is often a sign of underlying challenges and may signal a student is experiencing homelessness. How can we use available attendance data to help identify these children and youth in crisis? During this webinar, we’ll talk with district homeless liaisons and researchers about the significance of attendance data for homeless students, how we can turn data into substantive interventions, and how we can transform those best practices into meaningful policy.
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1. Powerpoint: Be Attentive to Attendance_Leveraging Chronic Absenteeism Data
2. ICPH – Bridging the Graduation Gap
3. Poverty Solutions – Missing School Missing Home (Policy Brief)

Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: February 13, 2019

This webinar is based on the American Bar Association’s new book, “Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness.” (https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/) Two attorneys, a McKinney-Vento State Coordinator and a McKinney-Vento school district liaison will review the basic requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act, as well as elements of Title I, early childhood regulations, and the Higher Education Act. Topics include determining eligibility; identifying students experiencing homelessness; school of origin; immediate enrollment; preschool and early childhood; strategies to support high school graduation; and the transition to post-secondary. The webinar will include practical implementation strategies, as well as the legal basics.
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Los Derechos y Servicios Para los Estudiantes Sin una Vivienda Estable (Education Rights and Services for Students in Unstable Housing)
Date Recorded: February 1, 2019

Muchos niños, jóvenes y familias no tienen una vivienda estable. Han perdido su casa, o no tienen dinero suficiente para mantener su hogar. Se quedan en las casas de otra gente, en moteles, en refugios, y a veces afuera. No importa dónde duermen, estos niños y jóvenes tienen el derecho de inscribirse en una escuela, de quedarse en la misma escuela mientras se cambian de un lugar a otro por las noches, y de recibir apoyo para que puedan participar y tener éxito en su escuela. En esta charla, se explicarán estos derechos y el apoyo disponible, además de contestar preguntas de los padres y estudiantes sobre los derechos de educación en general. Esta charla será grabada para que se pueda escuchar después. 

(This webinar is a basic overview of the McKinney-Vento Act in Spanish, primarily designed for parents and students. There will be an opportunity for Q&A in Spanish, and the webinar will be recorded.)
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Positive School Discipline Practices for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: November 13, 2018

What are the impacts of an out-of-school suspension for a student without a home? Where do they spend their day? What do they eat? Who cares for them? Research has shown the effectiveness of positive school discipline for all students, but it has particular relevance for students experiencing homelessness. At the same time, research also shows that students experiencing homelessness are disproportionately suspended and expelled from school. This webinar will discuss the importance of trauma-informed practices in school discipline and the benefits of school-wide positive behavior support. Two McKinney-Vento homeless liaisons will share their replicable strategies for ensuring positive approaches to discipline for students experiencing homelessness and how their strategies have impacted students and schools. Most importantly, a student who experienced homelessness in high school will share the trauma-informed practices she uses in her current job and the importance of these practices for youth.
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Supporting Students in Foster Care: ESSA and Fostering Connections
Date Recorded: October 24, 2018

Both the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Foster Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act contain provisions designed to help students in foster care remain stable in school and have the support they need to succeed in school. This webinar will explain the basics of these provisions. Three state-level experts will talk about how they are implementing the laws in their states, with strategies and sample procedures you can replicate in your school district, child welfare agency, or state. Learn more about how child welfare agencies and schools can work together to help students in foster care graduate high school and transition into higher education.
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Educating Homeless Students in Large Urban School Districts
Date Recorded: September 17, 2018

Size matters: large, urban school districts face many challenges in supporting students experiencing homelessness–but not every large school district has over one million students like New York City Public Schools. Still, of the more than 13,000 school districts across the country, the 100 largest districts enroll anywhere from 50,000 to 650,000 students and share many of the same struggles serving students experiencing homelessness. From identification to transportation and early childhood through high school graduation, learn how three large urban school districts have implemented the McKinney-Vento Act to help children and youth find educational success. Presenters will share strategies suitable for large school districts, as well as information that may spark ideas for districts of all sizes – including unique partnerships with higher education, housing agencies, and other community-based organizations.
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McKinney-Vento and ESSA: Back to School Review
Date Recorded: September 11, 2018

This webinar is a “refresher” on the basics of the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, intended for those who have some familiarity with the issues but would like to brush up for the new school year. We’ll review the education subtitle of McKinney-Vento, as well as Title I Part A provisions related to homelessness. Topics include determining eligibility; identifying students experiencing homelessness; school of origin; immediate enrollment; preschool and early childhood; strategies to support high school graduation; and the transition to post-secondary. We’ll highlight new resources along the way, and leave plenty of time for questions and answers.
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Back to School: A Primer on Helping Homeless Students
Date Recorded: September 6, 2018

There are more than 1.3 million students in our country’s public school system with no safe place to call home. If you suspect or discover that a student in your classroom or school is experiencing homelessness, you may wonder what you can do to help. This webinar will discuss the basics of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act–the primary federal law that protects the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness. We’ll share helpful demographic data about this vulnerable population, explain the effects of homelessness on student achievement, and walk through best practices in getting students to graduate from high school. This webinar will empower educators new to the issue to both better understand their students’ needs and support their day-to-day and long-term achievement.
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Link to DonorsChoose 
Link to Potential Warning Signs of Homelessness

Special Education, Homelessness and Foster Care
Date Recorded: August 30, 2018

When the McKinney-Vento Act, Every Student Succeeds Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) face off in a preschool or school, which law wins? This webinar will discuss the intersection of these three laws and how they work together in practice, from preK through high school. We’ll address questions such as surrogate parents for unaccompanied youth and children in foster care, evaluating students who have missed a lot of school or whose achievement may be impacted by homelessness or foster care, immediate enrollment for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), transportation, private schools, and everyone’s stickiest question: who pays?
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Understanding Federal Student Aid Policy and Practice for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Date Recorded: June 27, 2018

Unaccompanied homeless youth face unique barriers in accessing financial aid. This webinar will provide homeless education professionals, higher education professionals, and community-based organizations with information and tools to assist homeless youth to apply for Federal Student Aid. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and the Office of Federal Student Aid will discuss financial aid policies and practices for homeless youth. Presenters from SchoolHouse Connection will provide a brief background on unaccompanied homeless youth, and review requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that support the transition to post-secondary education.
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Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and School-based Staff
Date Recorded: May 9, 2018

An estimated 1.2 million children under age 6 experience homelessness each year. Homelessness in early childhood has been found to be associated with delays in language, literacy, and social-emotional development, putting children at risk for later academic problems. Early childhood programs can ameliorate these effects. Yet homelessness creates unique barriers to accessing and participating in early childhood programs. This webinar will share information about early childhood programs that may be available in your community, including what they provide and how to find them. Then, a school district early childhood program administrator and a McKinney-Vento liaison will share their practical strategies for collaboration, streamlining enrollment, and working with families.
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School Counseling Staff and Students Experiencing Homelessness: Tips and Strategies to Get to Graduation
Date Recorded: April 17, 2018

School counselors and social workers provide important support to students experiencing homelessness, helping meet their basic needs and planning for graduation. The Every Student Succeeds Act recognized this role by adding requirements that counselors advise students experiencing homelessness and improve their readiness for college. In this webinar, we’ll hear tips and strategies from a young person who experienced homelessness in high school, a current high school counselor, and a school social worker. We’ll also unveil a new, 2-page tip sheet for counseling staff, developed specifically in response to requests from the field. Come with your questions and learn from the experts.
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Improving High School Graduation Rates for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: April 16, 2018

New research finds that without a high school diploma or GED, youth are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness as young adults than their peers who completed high school, highlighting the role of education as a critical intervention to prevent future homelessness. 2018 marks the first year for which all states are required to track graduation rates for students experiencing homelessness. This requirement shines a light on the unique challenges faced by students who are homeless, as well as on the success that is possible when the right supports are provided. This webinar will feature lessons learned from one state and three school districts that have made significant progress in raising graduation rates for students experiencing homelessness. Get ideas for strategies to support students experiencing homelessness to graduate from high school – a necessary prerequisite for stable employment, higher education, and a better future.
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FERPA, Homelessness, and Foster Care
Date Recorded: April 4, 2018

Can I give a list of my McKinney-Vento students to a housing program? Can we share educational documents with a non-relative caregiver, foster parent, or foster care caseworker? What about an unaccompanied student who doesn’t want her parents to see her school records? This webinar will go over the basics of FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, focusing on the top questions related to homelessness and students in foster care.
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Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness: Supporting Young Parents and Their Children Through Education and Early Care
Date Recorded: March 7, 2018

Pregnancy, parenting, and homelessness put youth at significant risk of dropping out of high school. Lack of a high school degree, in turn, is significantly correlated with homelessness: new research finds that youth without a high school diploma or GED are 4.5 times more likely to experience homelessness; that youth who are pregnant or parenting are three times more likely to experience homelessness; and that more than one in three unmarried homeless young women is pregnant or parenting. These findings are especially alarming because homelessness in early childhood can have lifelong consequences. Helping young parents graduate from high school, and making sure that their children participate in quality early care programs, are essential to preventing future homelessness and promoting long-term economic independence. This webinar will provide an overview of educational protections and services for homeless young parents and their children, and highlight successful strategies at the state and local level. Practitioners will share lessons learned and how to build partnerships for supporting parents and children.
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Serving Native American Students Experiencing Homelessness: Cultural Competency and Practical Strategies
Date Recorded: January 18, 2018

Native youth have the lowest high school graduation rate of students across all schools. Nationally, the American Indian/Alaskan Native high school graduation rate is 69%, far below the national average of 81%. Native Americans also disproportionately experience homelessness. Current and historical trauma contributes to disproportionately high rates of poverty, domestic and other violence, and other challenges, leading to homelessness. In this webinar, experts will share their experiences and practical strategies for serving Native American students experiencing homelessness. 
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Ensuring Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: November 16, 2017

ESSA’s amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act require that states have procedures to ensure that McKinney-Vento students “who meet the relevant eligibility criteria do not face barriers to accessing… extracurricular activities.” This new provision adds to longstanding requirements to remove barriers to enrollment (including full participation in school activities) and retention in school. Join the experts in a discussion of strategies to ensure full participation for all our McKinney-Vento students, including unaccompanied youth. We’ll review the law and hear strategies from a State Coordinator, the Assistant Executive Director of her state’s interscholastic activities association, and the liaison who inspired our “Making the Case” tool on extra-curricular participation.
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Immigrant Students Experiencing Homelessness: Latest Developments and Resources
Date Recorded: October 10, 2017

Federal rules on immigrant youth and families are changing rapidly, from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), to the rights of sponsors caring for immigrant youth, to enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This webinar will provide the latest information on rules, rights, and responsibilities for undocumented students, sponsors and families. An immigration attorney will outline do’s and dont’s for schools serving immigrant students, and a McKinney-Vento liaison will share her practical strategies to help students and families.
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Identifying Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: September 19, 2017

The McKinney-Vento Act is a powerful law, but it cannot help students who are not identified as eligible for its protections. In this webinar, McKinney-Vento liaisons and State Coordinators will share best strategies for identifying eligible students.
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Title I and Homelessness: New Requirements and Best Practices on Funds and Data
Date Recorded: September 12, 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act’s amendments to Title I now are in effect, and there are several important changes to improve the availability and use of Title I funds for students experiencing homelessness. This webinar will review the law and share practical strategies from the state and local levels to calculate Title I set-asides, use funds creatively and appropriately, and track data. Join us to learn from peers and get your questions answered.
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Getting to Graduation: Strategies to Award Partial Credits, Recover Credits, and Award High School Diplomas for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: August 31, 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) places unprecedented emphasis on high school graduation for students experiencing homelessness. In this webinar, SchoolHouse Connection staff will review new legal requirements in Title I and the McKinney-Vento Act on issues such as credit accrual, full participation, transitions to college, and data. Then, school district homeless liaisons will share their practical suggestions for implementing these policies, with a specific focus on partial credits and alternative diplomas. Most importantly, students will share how these practices make a real difference for students struggling to overcome homelessness through education.
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McKinney-Vento and ESSA: Back-to-School Review
Date Recorded: August 23, 2017

This webinar reviewed key topics in McKinney-Vento Act implementation, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, including identifying students experiencing homelessness; school of origin; immediate enrollment; strategies to support high school graduation; and preschool. We reviewed the law and implementation strategies.
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Increasing Access to PreK and Other Early Childhood Programs for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: June 27, 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the Head Start Program Performance Standards, and the Child Care Development Fund regulations contain new requirements for identifying and supporting young children experiencing homelessness. This webinar will provide a brief overview of these policies as well as practical suggestions for implementing them at the local and state level. School district and state education agency leaders will describe the steps that they have taken to put policies into practice, and offer suggestions for adapting and replicating these practices to support our youngest children experiencing homelessness. This webinar will be of benefit to early care and education professionals, as well as to family homeless and housing professionals.
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Creative Solutions for Supporting Homeless College Students in an Urban Environment
Date Recorded: October 24, 2019

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to evolving with their students by responding to the unique needs of college students experiencing homelessness. This webinar explores UMass Boston’s new initiatives for supporting students experiencing homelessness through U-ACCESS, an office that helps students who lack basic needs achieve academic success. From this webinar, participants will:
1. Hear from three professionals at UMass Boston who serve as an emergency committee to create support for students experiencing homelessness;
2. Learn about the challenges homeless and housing insecure students face living in an urban city and the creative solutions that UMass Boston professionals are using to meet housing needs, such as the Nesterly app; and
3. Identify how a basic needs office/hub can specifically reach and support students experiencing homelessness.
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Identifying College Students Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: October 23, 2019

The Education Leads Home campaign has established a goal of a 60% postsecondary attainment rate for youth experiencing homelessness by 2034. Identifying these students is the first step in helping them complete their postsecondary education. From this webinar, participants will:
1. Hear from 3 institutions around the country about their processes for identifying students experiencing homelessness
2. Discover on-campus partnerships necessary to build a system of referrals to identify students experiencing homelessness
3. Learn 2-3 implementation strategies for identifying students experiencing homelessness
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[Handout] Application Questions – Food Assistance Program

Making the Case for Homeless College Students: A Case Manager Perspective
Date Recorded: October 2, 2019

Case managers are often the first point of contact with college students in crises or distress, providing essential support for students in a time of need. This webinar will examine how case managers can be more intentional when working specifically with students experiencing homelessness. In this presentation, participants will:

1. Learn about general best practices for assisting college students experiencing homelessness
2. Hear from two case managers about their roles and interactions with college students experiencing homelessness
3. Get ideas for how to implement new and innovative strategies to identify and support college students experiencing homelessness
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Student Advocacy in Action: An Interview with the University of South Alabama’s Housing and Food Assistance Program
Date Recorded: April 25, 2019

Student advocacy has always been a common occurrence on college campuses. Within the last year, more and more students are advocating for institutions to address their housing and food concerns. It was no different at the University of South Alabama. Join us on this interview webinar with the University of South Alabama’s Housing and Food Assistance Program to hear how one student helped create, design, and implement this new program. We’ll hear the steps that the student took, the successes, lessons learned, and what to expect in the future.
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Removing Barriers to Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (Hosted by NASFAA)
Date Recorded, April 10, 2019

Approximately one in 10 American young adults ages 18 to 25, and at least one in 30 adolescent minors ages 13 to 17, is estimated to endure homelessness on their own over the course of a year. Youth who experience homelessness face unique barriers to accessing and completing higher education, including barriers to financial aid. Yet higher education is their best opportunity for economic independence and healthier lives.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Review the federal definition of homelessness, and the causes and consequences of homelessness among unaccompanied youth.
  • Review current policies in the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Higher Education Act designed to remove barriers to financial aid.
  • Learn practical strategies from higher education professionals, including financial aid administrators, for implementing these policies and supporting homeless youth.

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Webinar Handout
FAQ Handout
Making UHY Determinations Tool
Independent Student Status of UHY Determination for 19-20 FAFSA Letter

Paving the Way To and Through Higher Education: Learning from Indiana’s Homeless Liaisons
Date Recorded: February 28, 2019

This webinar focuses on supporting students to and through the transition from high school to higher education. In this webinar, participants will:

  • Identify at least one strategy to better support homeless students during the transition from high school to higher education
  • Hear from two higher education liaisons about their roles and responsibilities on college campuses
  • Learn best practices in supporting homeless college students and considerations for implementing the role of higher education liaison

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Addressing Student Homelessness and Financial Distress at UCF
Date Recorded: February 27, 2019

It is estimated that every year, more than 3 million students drop out of college due to a relatively small expense (usually under $1,500) that must be paid. In response, colleges have created emergency aid programs. Participants in this webinar will:

  • Learn how the University of Central Florida identifies and supports homeless college students on their campus
  • Identify campus resources to prevent student homelessness, including emergency aid
  • Implement new and innovative strategies such as dining scholarships and partnering with AmeriCorps Vista

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Learning from Higher Education Liaisons: Best Practices in Supporting Homeless College Students Pt 2
Date Recorded: December 6, 2018

Many institutions across the country have incorporated the practice of a homeless higher education liaison or single point of contact (SPOC), similar to the K-12 McKinney-Vento Liaisons. In this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about the EMBARK statewide network in Georgia.
  • Hear from three Georgia homeless higher education liaisons about their roles and responsibilities.
  • Identify best practices in supporting homeless college students and considerations of implementing this role on a college campus

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Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth in Higher Education
Date Recorded: October 29, 2018

Many institutions of higher education provide resources and on-campus support to students experiencing homelessness. Community-based organizations outside of college campuses, too, are beginning to focus on the needs of homeless youth in higher education. This webinar highlights partnerships between colleges and outside supportive services that work to promote student access and success. We’ll hear from three organizations from across the country to learn how they support college students and their relationships with colleges.
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Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education
Date Recorded: September 25, 2018

Homelessness and housing insecurity are emerging as important issues in higher education. Although often invisible, emerging research suggests that lacking stable housing has a direct and significant impact on persistence and retention. This webinar highlights some of the largest studies that explore how college students experience housing insecurity and provides promising practices for how postsecondary institutions can respond to student needs. The overarching goals of the webinar are to first share findings from their research and connect those ideas to a definitional framework for understanding how housing insecurity and homelessness manifest in higher education settings. Further, researchers and practitioners will discuss how to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to working with students. Finally, presenters will provide a current campus program model developed to support students experiencing lacks in their basic needs.
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Learning from Higher Education Liaisons: Best Practices in Supporting Homeless College Students Pt 1
Date Recorded: September 6, 2018

One of the best practices in supporting homeless college students is having a specific individual to support these students. Many institutions across the country have incorporated this practice of a homeless higher education liaison or single point of contact (SPOC), similar to the K-12 McKinney-Vento Liaisons. California in particular has state legislature (AB 801) that requires the California Community College and California State University systems to designate a Homeless Higher Education liaison on their campus. This webinar features three homeless higher education liaisons representing all three California systems, their roles and responsibilities under AB 801, best practices in supporting homeless college students, and considerations of implementing this role on a college campus. We look forward to continuing this conversation with other homeless higher education liaisons across the country in Learning from Higher Education Liaisons: Best Practices in Supporting Homeless College Students Part 2.
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Understanding Federal Student Aid Policy and Practice for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Date Recorded: June 27, 2018

Unaccompanied homeless youth face unique barriers in accessing financial aid. This webinar will provide homeless education professionals, higher education professionals, and community-based organizations with information and tools to assist homeless youth to apply for Federal Student Aid. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and the Office of Federal Student Aid will discuss financial aid policies and practices for homeless youth. Presenters from SchoolHouse Connection will provide a brief background on unaccompanied homeless youth, and review requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that support the transition to post-secondary education.
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Housing Homeless Students: Jovenes’ College Success Initiative
Date Recorded: June 19, 2018

One in five Community College students in Los Angeles experiences homelessness. In response, a non-profit housing provider for homeless youth is taking its resources onto community college campuses to directly house homeless students. Learn how Jovenes, Inc. (www.jovenesinc.org) is partnering with schools like Rio Hondo College to reach out to homeless students and how housing support is helping homeless students succeed in school and life. This webinar is designed to help participants develop actionable ideas to connect homeless students to housing resources in their local communities.
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Federal Legislation to Promote Access and Success in Higher Education for Youth in Foster Care and Experiencing Homelessness
Date Recorded: September 27, 2017

In September, two important pieces of legislation were introduced in Congress to promote higher education success for youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care, “Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act” and “Fostering Success in Higher Education Act.”  These bills seek to address barriers to higher education access and success by streamlining access to existing financial aid, enhancing assistance and support for retention and completion, and improving collaboration, outreach, and data collecting.  Opportunities are also provided for institutions to establish or expand statewide initiatives to assist foster and homeless youth in enrolling in and graduating from institutions of higher education.  
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Understanding Federal Student Aid Policy and Practice for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Date Recorded: June 28, 2017

Unaccompanied homeless youth face unique barriers in accessing financial aid. This webinar will provide homeless education professionals, higher education professionals, and community-based organizations with information and tools to assist homeless youth to apply for Federal Student Aid. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and the Office of Federal Student Aid will discuss financial aid policies and practices for homeless youth. Presenters from SchoolHouse Connection will provide a brief background on unaccompanied homeless youth, and review requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that support the transition to post-secondary education.
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Improving School Attendance for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Model School-Shelter Partnership
Date Recorded: May 6, 2019

This webinar will share the innovative model developed by the Improving School Attendance for Homeless Children (ISAHC) program in New York City, which provides new training and coordination resources to identify, address, and manage multiple systemic, intergenerational, and logistical barriers to improving school attendance among students experiencing homelessness.

Participants will learn how the program is data-informed and purposefully designed to rely predominantly on existing resources (adding only minimal new costs; use a team approach, and employ evidence-based practices at the individual and systems levels. The collaborative ISAHC team, the most significant feature of the model, brings together staff from the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and shelter provider staff to analyze and address the issues underlying school absences. Participants will also learn how to track student attendance progress using simple data analysis techniques and how to use attendance data as a tool for identifying families with complex challenges. Finally, participants will hear about methods for improving school attendance from the first day of homelessness, at coordinated entry systems, schools and shelters.
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Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth in Higher Education
Date Recorded: October 29, 2018

Many institutions of higher education provide resources and on-campus support to students experiencing homelessness. Community-based organizations outside of college campuses, too, are beginning to focus on the needs of homeless youth in higher education. This webinar highlights partnerships between colleges and outside supportive services that work to promote student access and success. We’ll hear from three organizations from across the country to learn how they support college students and their relationships with colleges.
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Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Best Practices in Drop-In and Residential Services
Date Recorded: August 8, 2018

Research shows that approximately 1.1 million children have an 18- to 25-year-old parent who experienced homelessness during the past year. The instability associated with homelessness can have a profound impact on childhood development and on the health and well-being of parents, so it is critical to connect young parents with programs that can meet both their needs and those of their children. This webinar will provide an overview of the common challenges faced by young people who are pregnant or parenting while experiencing homelessness, and will share the experience and expertise of drop-in services, early childhood development providers, and residential programs that have successfully partnered to serve young families experiencing homelessness.
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Housing Homeless Students: Jovenes’ College Success Initiative
Date Recorded: June 19, 2018

One in five Community College students in Los Angeles experiences homelessness. In response, a non-profit housing provider for homeless youth is taking its resources onto community college campuses to directly house homeless students. Learn how Jovenes, Inc. (www.jovenesinc.org) is partnering with schools like Rio Hondo College to reach out to homeless students and how housing support is helping homeless students succeed in school and life. This webinar is designed to help participants develop actionable ideas to connect homeless students to housing resources in their local communities.
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Strategies for Success: Partnering with Housing Authorities
Date Recorded: April 25, 2018

When housing and education systems work together, outcomes for children and families can improve. This webinar will present an overview of public housing authorities and the programs they administer, and highlight two school district collaborations with housing authorities that are focused on children and families experiencing homelessness. Practitioners will share strategies for approaching partners, and how to sustain relationships to ensure comprehensive services are provided for short- and long-term success for children, youth, and families.
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Research and Lived Experience: Unaccompanied Youth Reflect on Voices of Youth Count
Date Recorded: October 11, 2018

As liaisons, social workers, educators and service providers, our work should be informed by research and the lived experiences of children and youth. This webinar will bring recent research to life as three SchoolHouse Connection Young Leaders reflect on Chapin Hall’s Missed Opportunities research and their own experiences. They will discuss key findings from the research; how these issues impacted their K-12 and higher education; and insights for changes in policy and practice. Voices of Youth Count (VoYC) is a national initiative designed to fill gaps in the nation’s knowledge about the scope and scale of youth homelessness, as well as the life circumstances and experiences of runaway and unaccompanied homeless youth between the ages of 13 and 25 years old.
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VoYC’s Missed Opportunities: Policy and Practice Opportunities
Date Recorded: December 5, 2017

Join NN4Y for a webinar discussion with the Principal Investigator of Voices of Youth Count, Dr. Matthew Morton. VoYC is an unprecedented initiative to understand, address and prevent youth homelessness. Chapin Hall has conducted the most comprehensive research to date on youth homelessness, incorporating youth voices to develop achievable solutions. This research creates a foundation on which we can build solutions – effective policies and practices – to end homelessness for young people.
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Breaking Down Educational Barriers: Insights from Students
Date Recorded: November 30, 2017

Two young people, one who has graduated from college and one who is in the second year of a degree program, will share their tips for schools and service providers on how to identify youth who are experiencing homelessness, keep them engaged in and attending school, and work with them as true partners to get them to high school graduation and into (and through) post-secondary education. They will identify the challenges they have faced, and continue to face, as a result of experiencing homelessness, and describe the efforts that have been the most successful for advancing their academic careers and life goals. The webinar will include ample time for Q&A and conversation.
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Federal Policy Update and Advocacy Techniques: Preparing for Hill Visits and Other Ways to Communicate with Congress
Date Recorded: October 18, 2019

Congressional action is heating up on a number of bills relating to children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. This webinar will provide an up-to-the-minute update on pending federal legislation, including FY2020 funding for education and homelessness programs; higher education legislation for homeless and foster youth; and reforming HUD homeless assistance to better serve children, youth, and families (including HUD’s definition of homelessness). We’ll provide a brief primer for the most effective ways to educate and advocate with your Members of Congress, including basics for meeting with Congressional staff on the Hill, or back home – what to bring, how to prepare, and how to follow up afterwards. Lastly, we’ll provide an overview of our new online advocacy center, which allows you to send letters to Congressional offices with just a few clicks.
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Powerpoint presentation
Homeless Children and Youth Act Dear Colleague
Hill Visits “Dos” and “Dont’s”
SHC Priorities
Sample Local Handout

Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness in the 116th Congress
Date Recorded: January 31, 2019

A new Congress means new members and new committee assignments — and, in the case of the U.S. House of Representatives, a new majority. In addition to addressing completing federal funding for the rest of the current fiscal year following the recent partial government shutdown, the 116th Congress will continue to work on new legislative areas, annual matters like annual budget and appropriations legislation, as well as other legislative matters that were not resolved in previous Congresses.

With family and youth homelessness at unprecedented levels across the nation, the stakes are high. In this webinar, we’ll review pending or anticipated legislation related to child, family, and youth homelessness, including services, housing, early care, and education. We’ll also look at the committees and members with greatest influence, and discuss strategies for engaging them on youth and family homelessness.
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State Advocacy Institute: Episode 2
Date Recorded: October 25, 2018

This webinar will be an advocacy “how-to” guide. While it will focus on state-level advocacy, the tools and skills shared can be applied to local and federal advocacy, as well. Topics we will cover include:

  • How to find your state legislators, relevant committees, and legislative calendar
  • Strategies to connect youth homelessness to existing gubernatorial and legislative priorities, such as trafficking, the opioid crisis, infrastructure, and economic growth
  • Data and research to support legislative action: what they are and how to find them
  • Sample legislative issue briefs, including length, format and content
  • How to set meetings with key legislators
  • Legislative meeting role play

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State Advocacy Institute: Episode 1
Date Recorded: September 12, 2018

This webinar will provide an overview of our state advocacy methodology. Starting with surveying young people, service providers, liaisons and other stakeholders, we identify state policy barriers. We then convene advocates to discuss state policy barriers and engage in a series of group activities that leave the attendees ready to engage in state policy advocacy united behind a shared agenda on youth homelessness. This webinar will share our surveys, suggest key stakeholders to include in advocacy, provide a sample State Advocacy Institute agenda and the activities we use in our trainings, and share strategies to engage young people in advocacy from the beginning. We also will address restrictions on “lobbying” and how to be sure your advocacy activities do not cross that line.
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All the Facts About the Homeless Children and Youth Act 
Date Recorded: July 10, 2018

Efforts to advance the Homeless Children and Youth Act, HR 1511/S 611, have picked up in recent weeks. This important bipartisan legislation would make it easier for communities to help children, youth, and families who experience homelessness, no matter where they happen to be staying. Over 50 national groups and hundreds of community-based service providers have endorsed the legislation. Find out what the bill does and does not do, why it is critically important to addressing youth and family homelessness, and what you can do to help advocate for its passage. Get the facts in this special webinar co-hosted by Family Promise, First Focus Campaign for Children, National Network for Youth, and SchoolHouse Connection.
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Federal Policy Update: Funding and Legislation on Child and Youth Homelessness
Date Recorded: April 10, 2018

The recently enacted FY2018 federal funding bill includes historic increases in funding for homelessness, housing, and education programs. Congress will now turn its attention to the FY2019 budget. Learn what’s next in the budget process, as well as updates on the newly re-introduced Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, the Homeless Children and Youth Act, and the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act.
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Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness
Date Recorded: September 26, 2017
Note: This is a repeat of the September 21 webinar. The only difference is this webinar was presented by Barbara Duffield and Darla Bardine, Executive Director of the National Network for Youth

This webinar will provide the latest updates on federal legislation related to child, youth, and family homelessness. Topics to be covered include the FY2018 budget; two new bills to improve access to higher education for homeless and foster youth; the reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HUD Homeless Assistance reform), and the AHEAD Act (school-housing partnership legislation). Learn about the latest developments, get your questions answered, and find out what you can do to help.
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Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness
Date Recorded: September 21, 2017

This webinar will provide the latest updates on federal legislation related to child, youth, and family homelessness. Topics to be covered include the FY2018 budget; two new bills to improve access to higher education for homeless and foster youth; the reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HUD Homeless Assistance reform), and the AHEAD Act (school-housing partnership legislation). Learn about the latest developments, get your questions answered, and find out what you can do to help.
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