We’ve got three new tools to share, including a primer PPT on ESSA; a new reference tool on transportation for students in foster care; and a new guide designed to help LEA liaisons and homeless service providers develop a basic understanding of, and build partnerships with, five key early childhood programs.

 

  1. Introduction to ESSA and Homelessness: Powerpoint from ICPH Conference.
    • Did you miss Beyond Housing, the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness’ (ICPH) conference? SchoolHouse Connection teamed up with National Center on Homeless Education (NCHE) for a primer on ESSA and homelessness. Check out the PowerPoint from that session, which can be downloaded and used in your own trainings. ICPH has made all of the conference session materials available here.
  2. Transportation for Students in Foster Care: A Legal and Practical Reference Tool.
    • Students in foster care move frequently. They move when they are first brought into care, and caseworkers may change children’s placements multiple times over their time in care. However, students in foster care should not have to change schools every time their foster placement is changed. This two-page brief reviews requirements for child welfare agencies and educational agencies; provides considerations in developing foster care transportation procedures; and includes links to sample transportation guidelines and procedures.
  3. Pathways to Partnership: Early Childhood Education.
    • Quality early childhood programs can change the trajectory of a child’s life, and help families experiencing homelessness regain stability. Local educational agency (LEA) McKinney-Vento liaisons and homeless service providers funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are required by law to connect families experiencing homelessness to early childhood programs. The first in a new SHC series, 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.

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