Please note: All webinars are recorded. Archived recordings, powerpoint presentations, materials, and transcripts from the Q&A are posted on our archived webinars page. Certificate of attendance is available upon completion. If you watched the webinar as a group, please contact us to receive individual certificates.

Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 – 2:00PM ET

Responsive Early Education for Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

[Certificate of Attendance is available upon completion]

Based on a new publication by the California Department of Education’s Early Learning and Care Division, this webinar will provide foundational information about early childhood homelessness, as well as concrete research-based strategies that are essential for young children and their families impacted by homelessness. Presenters will share trauma-informed reflective practices, including “housing sensitive” practices, and spotlight promising practices for early childhood practitioners, teachers, and caregivers. The origins and development of CDE’s unique publication, and what it has to offer to those in the early education field, also will be shared.


  • Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Darius Brown, Development Officer, Homeless Interventions and Solutions Division, San José, Manager of COVID-19 Emergency Shelter for Families, and former Homeless Liaison in Santa Clara County
  • Irenka Domínguez-Pareto, Senior Program Associate, WestEd, Center for Child & Family Studies
  • Jenna Juarez Ornbaun, Family Support Specialist, Early Education Department, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Julie Nicholson, Professor of Practice, Mills College, School of Education
  • Lawanda Wesley, Director of Quality Enhancement & Professional Development, Early Childhood Education Department, Oakland Unified School District
  • Grace Whitney, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, SchoolHouse Connection

Thursday, May 28, 3:00 – 4:15PM ET

Calculating, Awarding, and Accepting Partial Credits for Students Experiencing Homelessness

[Certificate of Attendance is available upon completion]

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) added provisions to the McKinney-Vento Act requiring states to have procedures to identify and remove barriers to students experiencing homelessness receiving credit for partial coursework they complete, even when they are moving from school to school. Many schools have struggled with how to calculate, award, and accept partial credits. In this webinar, we’ll review our new partial credit document and hear concrete, replicable partial credit strategies from a school counselor with lengthy experience supporting McKinney-Vento students in multiple schools. We encourage McKinney-Vento liaisons and school counselors to participate in this webinar in teams, to help facilitate local replication of these practical strategies. There will be time for Q&A.


  • DeVaughn Hurt, School Counselor, NKC School District, MO
  • Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection

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