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For all Washington State technical assistance questions and inquiries:

Information outside of Washington State:
  All 50 State Coordinators



For more information about
Education of Homeless Children and Youth in Washington State only:

  Melinda Dyer
  Program Supervisor

  Ella DeVerse
  Program Specialist

  Jess Lewis
  Program Supervisor
  Washington State Homeless
  Student Stability

  Aubry Schlottmann
  Administrative Assistant



Education of Homeless Children and Youth


Sample Forms and Templates

Dispute Resolution
Consolidated Program Review Item 10.2

The following procedures are specified in McKinney-Vento and further explained in OSPI’s Dispute Resolution Process.
Also available in Amharic | Cambodian | Korean | Marshallese | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

Sample Dispute Process Paperwork
Also available in Amharic | Cambodian | Korean | Marshallese | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

Transportation Toolkit
Consolidated Program Review Item 10.3

Sample In Lieu of Transportation Agreement
Sample Student Transportation Request
Sample Transportation Agreement
Sample Transportation Referral Form
STARS - Student Transportation Allocation Report System
Transportation Q & A

Sample Forms
Statement of Attestation - Consolidated Program Review item 10.4

Housing Questionnaire - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.5
Also available in Amharic | Cambodian | Korean | Marshallese | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

Intake Form | Spanish - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.6

FAFSA-Independent Student Verification Form - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.7

Child Find Screening - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.8
Also available in Amharic | Cambodian | Korean | Marshallese | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

McKinney-Vento Title I Set-Asides Needs Assessment - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.11

Exiting Homeless Student at End of Year Letter to Parent/Guardian

Informed Consent for Health Care
RCW 7.70.065 authorizes school nurses, school counselors, or homeless student liaisons to provide consent for non-emergency outpatient primary care services for unaccompanied homeless students.

Sample Informed Consent for Health Care authorization form

Training and Implementation Resources

Update your liaison training information

Liaison Training Webinars

NCHE Webinars

SchoolHouse Connection Webinars

McKinney-Vento Orientation for New Liaisons (Full webinar)
The full webinar has been divided into sections for the ease of accessing specific information related to the following questions:

Staff Training Webinars and Resources

Unaccompanied and Homeless Youth Data Collection Webinar | Presentation

Identification of Children and Youths Experiencing---Recognizing Common Signs of Homeless

Preparing for a Successful CPR Monitoring Visit: McKinney-Vento

"We Need a Little Time..." This training video on Family and Youth Homelessness in Washington state features students and parents sharing their experience with homelessness. The video also includes interviews with school district liaisons and staff. Filming and production was done by Diane Nilan with Hear Us Inc.

Improving Educational Outcomes for Homeless Students in Washington
One of the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act is that every school district must appoint a local Education of Homeless Children and Youth liaison. The local liaison is key to the implementation of the law. Getting the right person for the position will enable homeless children and youth to receive all protections and services necessary for them to succeed in school. OSPI is committed to ensuring that every district has the most qualified person serving as the local liaison.

Designating a Local Education of Homeless Children and Youth Liaison: A Guide for School District Administrators in Washington

School Staff Resource
Administrators, teachers, para educators, and other school staff can play a pivotal role in ensuring the identification and offer of services to homeless children and youth. School personnel fulfilling these roles often develop relationships of trust and concern with homeless students and have the ability to identify their unique needs and offer support.

McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program; School Staff Resource

Point In Time Count (PIT)
PIT Count Fact Sheet

OSPI Department Resources

Foster Care


Title I

Special Education

Equity and Civil Rights



State and National Resources

The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE): Law and Federal Guidance, Webinars, Legislative Updates, Issue Briefs

SchoolHouse Connection: Webinars, Legislative Updates, Q&A, Chapin Hall Study

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY): Law and Federal Guidance, FAQ, National Conference

Schoolhouse Washington: Building Changes, Data, Community Resources

Commerce Office of Homeless Youth (OHY)


   Updated 5/13/2019

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