At SchoolHouse Connection, we listen closely, then work with practitioners to create tools and resources to meet their needs. SchoolHouse Connection resources, and some created by our partners, are listed below. We also conduct webinars on many of these same topics. If you have an idea for a tool, resource, or webinar, please email us.

Resources are categorized by the following subject areas:

  1. Early Childhood
  2. PreK-12
  3. Higher Education
  4. Housing
  5. Unaccompanied Youth

 Early Childhood

ZERO TO THREE Journal on Early Childhood Homelessness
Young Children Experiencing Homelessness: An Overview
One-page summary of access to early learning for children experiencing homelessness, birth to five.
Preschool to Prevent Homelessness: Research, Rights, and Resources

Tip Sheets and Guides
Childproofing Checklist for Housing and Homeless Service Providers
Early Care and Education Advocacy: A Tip Sheet for Housing and Homeless Assistance Providers
Tip Sheet for Young Parents: Finding Care for My Child
Guide to Using Sesame Street in Communities’ Resources on Family Homelessness

Law and Policy
Federal Child Care Regulations and Homelessness
“Preschool” Under the McKinney-Vento Act
State Provisions to Help Children Experiencing Homelessness Access Child Care and Preschool

Training and Professional Development
New Child Care Training: Strengthening Families
Online Training on Homelessness for Head Start and Child Care Providers (Certificate of Completion is provided)

Research and Reports
The Well-being of Young Children after Experiencing Homelessness

Deeper Dives for Schools
Pathways to Partnership: Early Childhood Education
Responsive Early Education for Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
Sesame Street Launches New Trauma Initiative
Sesame Street Launches National Initiative on Family Homelessness
The Head Start Program Performance Standards and Homelessness
Two Briefs on Young Children Experiencing Homelessness – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ZERO TO THREE Journal on Early Childhood Homelessness


Definition and Signs of Homelessness
Introduction to ESSA and Homelessness: PowerPoint

Law and Policy
Educating Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Primer on Legal Requirements and Implementation Strategies for Educators, Advocates, and Policymakers
Legal Requirements To Use State And Local McKinney-Vento Funds To Benefit Homeless Children And Youth Exclusively
Local Educational Agency Liaison Duties Under the McKinney-Vento Act
Making the Case: Legal Language to Support Students
Making the Case #2: Extra-Curricular Activities
Memo on New Supplement Not Supplant Information from U.S. Department of Education
McKinney-Vento Act: Two-page Summary
Minor Consent to Routine Medical Care
State Laws on High School Graduation for Students Experiencing Homelessness
State Laws to Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Deeper Dives for Schools

Research and Reports
Report Highlights FAFSA Challenges for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Tip Sheets and Guides
6 Things to Know About Privacy, FERPA, and Homelessness
Awarding and Accepting Partial Credits for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Back-to-School Training Resources
Editable “Know Your Rights” Flyers
Full Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Guidelines for Designating LEA-Level and Building-Level McKinney-Vento Liaisons
How Charter Schools Can Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
I Want to Go to College: Now What? A Guide for Youth Who are or Were Homeless, or Are at Risk of Experiencing Homelessness
Immigrant Students: How Schools Can Help
Interview Checklists for Supporting School Selection
Making Your School District’s Website a McKinney-Vento Tool
Meals for Homeless Children and Youth in the Summer
Positive School Discipline Practices for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Quick Guide for Counselors Working with Students Experiencing Homelessness
Sample Form Letter to Determine the Independent Student Status of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Supporting Children and Youth Displaced by Disasters: Five Key Policies for Schools
Supporting the Attendance of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Tips for Teachers & Staff: How to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness
Tip Sheet for Young People: Leases
Tip Sheet for Young People: Part I – Understanding Student Loans: The Basics
Tip Sheet for Young People: Part II – Understanding Student Loans: Repayment
Tip Sheet for Young People: Buying a New Cell Phone and Choosing a Cell Phone Plan
Tools to Identify Students Experiencing Homelessness
Transportation for Students in Foster Care: A Legal and Practical Reference Tool

Training and Professional Development
ESSA PowerPoint Training Template
ESSA Tool: Assessing the Capacity of LEA Homeless Liaisons
Selected Resources For Continued Professional Development On Child And Youth Homelessness And Education

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