U.S. public schools enrolled 1,301,239 children and youth experiencing homelessness during the 2013-2014 school year.
(Source: National Center for Homeless Education)


Homeless children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles. In school, students gain the skills and support needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In just four short weeks, on October 1, amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act’s education provisions go into effect in every school district in the country. The road to this day has been long, and filled with many detours, potholes, and, occasionally, roadblocks. Looking back through my archives, I found an email sent to Patricia Julianelle, NAEHCY’s Director of State Projects and Legal Affairs, on February 17, 2006. The email outlined ideas for recommendations, and suggested forming a committee to obtain feedback and input from practitioners and stakeholders....Today, more than a decade later, I re-read that initial list with mixed emotions. Read more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

There are many new resources to help schools and communities prepare for the implementation of the ESSA amendments: new federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, updated PowerPoint templates from NAEHCY, and much more. Find out what’s new and how you can use it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Over the years, the annual NAEHCY awards have become an important mechanism by which we can recognize our colleagues for the outstanding service they have provided to children and youth experiencing homelessness. Award recipients are selected through a screening and selection process overseen by a dedicated committee of state coordinators and other experts in the field. Award winners are recognized at a special ceremony held during the NAEHCY Annual Conference. All award nominations must be submitted by the close of business (COB - MT) on September 16, 2016. Learn more.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Most of the literature on homeless children in families is based on analyses of children in shelters, or homeless children already in public education systems. The Administration for Children and Families recently released findings from an exploratory project that sheds light on the experiences of homeless families who are not living in shelters, or connected with education. These families are particularly at risk, since they do not have access to the support services provided by the shelter, early learning, or educational systems. Learn more.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a package of materials on the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness to help school districts and States implement new protections made by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Read more.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will make two substantial changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to better support unaccompanied homeless youth. First, beginning with the 2017-18 application that comes online this fall, the Department will change the text on the FAFSA on the web to be more supportive of unaccompanied homeless youth. Second, for the 2018-19 application, the Department will remove the definition of “youth.” This change will allow unaccompanied 22- and 23-year-old applicants to indicate that they are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Read more.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Class of 2014 NAEHCY scholars convened in Washington D.C., on June 12-15 for a summit that not only yielded results in shaping federal education policy, but also was a sweet reunion of friends who had bonded 18 months earlier, when they first received their scholarships. "It was great to see my fellow scholars with whom I have become close. I have not come across many people in my life who I can talk to and relate with in the way I can with these friends. It was a once in a lifetime event to meet the Secretary of Education John King." Read More.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Next year’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) could generate the largest national pool of data on youth homelessness ever collected—but it won’t happen without advocacy. For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has included two homelessness questions on its 2017 YRBS optional questionnaire. The YRBS includes a national school-based survey of high school students conducted every two years, as well as regional surveys in individual states and some school districts. The survey monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults. Read More.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Today, the GradNation campaign released a ground-breaking new report authored by Civic Enterprises that provides insight into how educators, policymakers and community organizations can help more students cope with homelessness, graduate from high school, and have a better shot at adult success. Learn more.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

NAEHCY is the leading voice for homeless children, youth, and education in the country. This is attributed to a history of strong leadership, fearless advocates, and a dedicated Board of Directors. In the past few months, NAEHCY has experienced some transition within our leadership. We want to keep our members informed of those changes.


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