Upcoming Webinars

Please note: All webinars are recorded. Archived recordings, powerpoint presentations, materials, and transcripts from Q&A are posted on our archived webinars page.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 12:00 – 1:15PM EDT

Title: Strategies for Success: Partnering with Housing Authorities
Description:  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. 

  • Abra Lyons-Warren – Senior Program & Policy Manager (Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, Washington DC)
  • Jan Wichert – Director of Employee and Resident Services (Vancouver Housing Authority, WA)
  • Melanie Green – Administrator (Family Engagement Family & Community Resource Centers, Evergreen Public Schools, WA)
  • Dr. Karen Barber – Director of Federal Programs (Santa Rosa Schools, FL)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM EDT

Title: Child Care for Families Experiencing Homelessness: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead
Description: 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.

  • Christi Jeffcoat, Program Manager, SC Voucher Program, Division of Early Care and Education, South Carolina Department of Social Services.
  • Thomas B. Myers, Assistant General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
  • Terry Shaner Wade, Director, Bureau of Subsidized Child Care Services, Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning
  • Sara Shaw, Research Scientist, Child Trends
  • Grace Whitney, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00PM EDT

Title: Educating Homeless Students in Large Urban School Districts
Description: Large urban school districts face many challenges in supporting students experiencing homelessness. From identification to transportation, from 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. 

  • Debra Albo-Steiger, LCSW, Program Manager, Project UP-START, Homeless Education Program, Title I Administration, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FL
  • Deidra C. Thomas-Murray, MSW, LMSW, Homeless and Foster Care Liaison, Students-In-Transition Office, Saint Louis Public Schools, MO
  • Melissa Schoonmaker, L. C. S. W., Consultant II, Homeless Education, Division of Student Support Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education, CA

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 2:00 – 3:15PM EDT

Title: Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and School-based Staff
Description: 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.


  • Melinda Bordelon – McKinney-Vento Liaison (Rapides Parish School Board, LA)
  • Cindy Rushing – Title 1 Pre-K Coordinator (Rapides Parish School Board, LA)

  • Kristi Byfield – Assistant Administrator (Multnomah Early Childhood Program, OR)
  • Grace Whitney – Director of Early Childhood Initiatives (SchoolHouse Connection)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00PM PDT

Title: Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education
Description: 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. 

  • Rashida Crutchfield, Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
  • Ronald Hallett, Associate Professor, University of the Pacific
  • Jeff Klaus, Associate Vice President for Student Life/Development, California State University, Long Beach

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