Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Posters and Other Materials for Community Outreach

All school districts are required to post the educational rights of homeless students:

  • in all school buildings
  • throughout the community in locations where homeless individuals/families/youth are likely to see them.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act states school districts shall ensure that public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youths is disseminated where such children and youths receive services under this Act, such as schools, family shelters, and soup kitchens. Sec.722(J)(6)(A)(v). Please see Suggestions for Posting.


Free Posters: Order or Print
School districts are encouraged to use the following Homeless Children and Youth posters throughout their schools and communities.

  • Order posters from OSPI with the Online Order Form. The poster is printed on 11x17 glossy paper. Posters are only available to Washington State School Districts.
    ** If you reside outside of Washington State, please contact your State Coordinator for more information or resources.
  • Download and self-service print the posters.

Information for Parents

“Parents” Poster

Youth poster

Youth Poster

Other Languages

“Parents and Youth” Poster – Other Languages

Higher Education

Poster for Higher Education

Suggestions for Posting

  • Posters in school buildings should be hung where children and parents can easily locate and read them, such as: building entrances, common bulletin boards, counselor/nurses office, hallways, the lunch line, locker rooms, restrooms, etc.
  • To protect privacy, posters should be located where students can read them without drawing undue attention to themselves, and the student’s age (and height) should be considered when posting in schools.
  • Community locations may include such places as churches, clothing/food banks, libraries, laundry mats, convenience/grocery stores, free clinics, weekly/monthly rate hotels/motels, shelters, post offices, camping grounds and other locations.
  • District staff should routinely check to see that posters have not been removed from posted locations.
  • The contact information for both the district homeless liaison and the state homeless education coordinator should be included on the posters.


Brochures for Parents

This brochure explains the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness and informs parents about ways in which they can support their children's education during times of mobility. Courtesy of the National Center for Homeless Education.
Brochures for Parents

Download the Parent booklet in English.
Download the Parent booklet in Spanish/español.
Order this product in hard copy. (free product limit: 10 per agency per school year)

   Updated 8/15/2017

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