Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Posters and Brochures for Community Outreach

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

  • In all LEA buildings
    —AND—
  • In locations frequented by parents or guardians of such children and youths, and unaccompanied youths.

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 shelters, public libraries, and soup kitchens, in a manner and form understandable to the parents and guardians of homeless children and youths. Sec.722(J)(6)(A)(vi). Please see Suggestions for Posting.

Order posters and NCHE parent brochures from OSPI:

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School districts are encouraged to use the following Homeless Children and Youth posters and brochures throughout their schools and communities.

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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.

—OR—

Download and print the posters and brochures.

Information for Parents

“Parents” Poster

English | Spanish

Youth poster

Youth Poster

English | Spanish

Other Languages

“Parents and Youth” Poster – Other Languages

Thumbnail Higher Education poster

Poster for Higher Education

English | Spanish

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


   Updated 5/31/2018

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