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
  • ZERO TO THREE Journal on Early Childhood Homelessness
    • This issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal (Vol. 39, No. 4) is dedicated to young children and families experiencing homelessness. SchoolHouse Connection’s own Dr. Grace Whitney, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, is guest editor of the Journal’s March issue, which includes a sampling of policies, practices, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of homelessness and infant-toddler services. The authors cover topics ranging from early care and early childhood programs to parenting supports, housing, pediatrics, and young families.
  • Young Children Experiencing Homelessness: An Overview
    • This two-page fact sheet summarizes existing data on young children who are homeless and their families, including the impact of homelessness on health, development, early learning, and well-being.
  • One-page summary of access to early learning for children experiencing homelessness, birth to five.
    • This one-pager summarizes access to early learning for children experiencing homelessness, including the following topics: preschool under the McKinney-Vento Act, Head Start and Early Head Start, Child Care Subsidies, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), and support for young children with developmental delays or disabilities.
  • Preschool to Prevent Homelessness: Research, Rights, and Resources
    • The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) amended the McKinney-Vento Act in several important ways to increase access to preschool programs. This resource features frequent questions and answers about preschool and homelessness, and links to resources to help implement the new policies.
  • Childproofing Checklist for Housing and Homeless Service Providers
    • Many housing and homeless service systems and programs are ill-equipped to provide the resources and support that infants, young children, and school-aged children and their families need. This tool is designed to help housing and homeless service providers make their spaces safe for children, to help promote their health and well-being.
  • Early Care and Education Advocacy: A Tip Sheet for Housing and Homeless Assistance Providers
    • This short document provides basic information to help housing and homeless assistance providers advocate with their families and youth for appropriate educational services, from birth through higher education. The rights and protections outlined here apply to all children and youth experiencing homelessness, as defined by the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento Act.
  • Tip Sheet for Young Parents: Finding Care for My Child
    • Child care can help you reach your educational and career goals to support your family.  It is important to find quality child care that meets your needs, and your child’s needs, and to learn about assistance that is available to you. This tip sheet will help you get started.
  • Guide to Using Sesame Street in Communities’ Resources on Family Homelessness
    • Many different kinds of providers serve children experiencing homelessness, including school district homeless liaisons, early childhood programs, and homeless assistance and housing programs. To help these providers quickly and effectively leverage Sesame Street’s resources in the context of their specific work, SchoolHouse Connection has produced tip sheets organized by provider role.
  • Federal Child Care Regulations and Homelessness
    • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published final regulations to implement the Child Care and Development Fund program (CCDF) in September 2016. Here is an explanation and summary of the final Child Care and Development Fund regulations on homelessness.
  • “Preschool” Under the McKinney-Vento Act
    • For many young children experiencing homelessness, remaining in the school of origin provides their only access to preschool; when children move into a new community due to homelessness, enrolling in a local preschool usually is impossible, either because there are no preschool programs available, or those that are available already are full.
  • State Provisions to Help Children Experiencing Homelessness Access Child Care and Preschool
    • Many states have passed laws, regulations and policies to enhance federal protections that help children experiencing homelessness access child care and preschool. This document summarizes those state provisions.
  • Child Care Training: Strengthening Families
    • A training for child care programs in Idaho helps participants identify concrete strategies for promoting protective factors in families experiencing homelessness.
  • Online Training on Homelessness for Head Start and Child Care Providers (Certificate of Completion is provided)
    • This interactive learning series is intended for professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care, including early childhood and school-age child care providers, CCDF Lead Agency or designated entity staff, and other key stakeholders. Learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and much more.
  • The Well-being of Young Children after Experiencing Homelessness
    • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report entitled “Well-being of Young Children after Experiencing Homelessness.” The study collected data from families at the time they were in emergency shelters, followed the families over the next 20 months, and then surveyed them again, collecting information about the family, the parents, and up to two focal children in each family.
  • Deeper Dives for Schools
    • This resource, created in partnership with David Douglas School District in Oregon, is designed to provide schools and district staff with practical strategies to serve young children experiencing homelessness. Each one-page tip sheet shares strategies on a different aspect of access.
  • Pathways to Partnership: Early Childhood Education
    • This guide is designed to help LEA liaisons and homeless service providers develop a basic understanding of, and build partnerships with, five key early childhood programs.
  • Responsive Early Education for Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
    • A new book published by the California Department of Education’s Early Learning and Care Division provides early childhood teachers, administrators, and program staff factual information so that they can create welcoming, inclusive, and strength-based environments that are responsive to the unique needs of young children and families experiencing homelessness. The book provides effective strategies and trauma-informed practices that can be implemented in early childhood programs to support children and their families experiencing homelessness. It also includes authentic vignettes created from interviews with children and families experiencing homelessness across California, in addition to the diverse professionals who serve them.
  • Sesame Street Launches New Trauma Initiative
    • The Sesame trauma initiative features new, bilingual content that presents coping strategies to help children feel safe and become more resilient in a range of situations, and gives adults the tools they need to foster nurturing connections. The initiative also includes professional development resources and simple strategies for parents and community providers.
  • Sesame Street Launches National Initiative on Family Homelessness
    • 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 materials for providers.
  • The Head Start Program Performance Standards and Homelessness
    • In September 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued final regulations to implement the Head Start Act. These regulations, known as the Head Start Program Performance Standards, apply to Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
  • Two Briefs on Young Children Experiencing Homelessness – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released two briefs on young children experiencing homelessness. The first brief “Identifying Children Experiencing Homelessness in Early Care and Education” is designed to help understand the challenges states and communities face using data and potential opportunities for strengthening data collected to estimate rates of early childhood homelessness and identify young children experiencing homelessness. The second brief “Facilitating Access to Early Care and Education for Children Experiencing Homelessness” discusses the barriers in accessing ECE among families experiencing homelessness and describes ways in which states and communities support the enrollment of children experiencing homelessness in ECE.
  • ZERO TO THREE Journal on Early Childhood Homelessness
    • This issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal (Vol. 39, No. 4) is dedicated to young children and families experiencing homelessness. SchoolHouse Connection’s own Dr. Grace Whitney, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, is guest editor of the Journal’s March issue, which includes a sampling of policies, practices, challenges, and opportunities at the intersection of homelessness and infant-toddler services. The authors cover topics ranging from early care and early childhood programs to parenting supports, housing, pediatrics, and young families.
  • Deeper Dives for Schools
    • This resource, created in partnership with David Douglas School District in Oregon, is designed to provide schools and district staff with practical strategies to serve young children experiencing homelessness. Each one-page tip sheet shares strategies on a different aspect of access.
  • Report Highlights FAFSA Challenges for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
    • This report provides insights into the challenges that unaccompanied homeless youth face in accessing federal financial aid. As indicated by the title of the report – a quote from a young adult who experienced homelessness in high school and in college – many young people are keenly aware of the role of higher education in improving their lives. Yet without financial aid, these young people cannot access post-secondary education.
  • ESSA PowerPoint Training Template
    • We are pleased to share our ESSA PowerPoint template. All are welcome to download, edit and use this template, which includes the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, research, a pop quiz, an interactive exercise, sound clips from youth, and resources.
  • ESSA Tool: Assessing the Capacity of LEA Homeless Liaisons
    • Of all of the amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new requirement for local educational agency (LEA) liaisons to be “able to carry out” ten specific duties in the law has the potential to have the greatest impact on children and youth who are experiencing homelessness. But what does it mean for a liaison to be able to carry out his or her legal duties? And how can local educational agencies determine where improvements must be made? We developed a simple tool to help LEAs quickly identify and prioritize areas where greater capacity is needed to carry out the law.
  • Selected Resources For Continued Professional Development On Child And Youth Homelessness And Education

  • Youth Homelessness and Higher Education: An Overview
    • Postsecondary attainment is increasingly necessary to move out of poverty and homelessness and live a healthy, productive life. Yet youth experiencing homelessness face barriers in transitioning from secondary to postsecondary education, as well as barriers to financial aid, college retention, and college completion. This fact sheet summarizes existing data and information on youth homelessness and higher education.

  • Tips for Homeless Higher Education Liaisons
    • Many institutions of higher education are designating liaisons for students experiencing homelessness. Similar to their counterparts in K-12 education, homeless higher education liaisons support students by connecting them to available resources on and off-campus, and removing barriers to their college retention and success. This tip sheet provides basic strategies for higher education liaisons.
  • 5 Guides to Help Homeless College Students in California
    • These guides examine California’s three public higher education institutions to highlight existing resources and methods to support homeless and low-income students. These five guides are targeted to Homeless and Foster Youth Liaisons and other higher education professionals who work directly with these students. Below is a video introducing the series.
  • Tips for Helping Homeless Youth Succeed in College
    • This SchoolHouse Connection series is focused on helping youth experiencing homelessness succeed in college. We highlight best practices for supporting these students from institutions across the country.
  • Tip Sheet for Young People: Part I – Understanding Student Loans: The Basics
    • For most youth and young adults, student loans are a necessary part of college, even when a financial aid package includes scholarships. In choosing loans and loan amounts, there are many options and factors to consider that can have significant long-term impacts. This tip sheet provides some important information to keep in mind as you prepare to pay for college.
  • Tip Sheet for Young People: Part II – Understanding Student Loans: Repayment
    •  This tip sheet provides some important information to keep in mind as you plan for loan repayment. 
  • Housing Support for Homeless and Foster Youth: Implementing AB 1228
    • This brief examines some of the most common challenges in implementing AB 1228 and provides tips for addressing them. It was informed by interviews with eight California State University (CSU), three University of California (UC) institutions, and two California Community Colleges (CCC).
  • State Laws on High School Graduation for Students Experiencing Homelessness
    • The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) places great emphasis on high school graduation for students experiencing homelessness. This document summarizes state laws that complement these federal requirements.
  • State Laws on Higher Education and Homelessness
    • State legislatures have been actively supporting college students experiencing homelessness over the past few years. State legislation can provide a variety of critical supports, including homeless liaisons on college campuses, housing priority and/or housing support programs, enrollment, tuition and/or fee waivers, and in-state tuition. This is a summary of existing state laws, including new legislation SchoolHouse Connection helped pass with partners in Nevada and Tennessee in 2019.

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