Washington State Education of Homeless Children and Youth
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Contact Us:

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

  Ruthy Cowles-Porterfield
  Administrative Assistant


For more information about
the Washington State Homeless Student Stability Program:

  Cara Patrick
  Program Supervisor



Education of Homeless Children and Youth

The Washington State Education of Homeless Children and Youth office at OSPI oversees the federal McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program. The program provides training, technical assistance, and monitoring, as well as federal funding to support school district programs that serve homeless students. Washington receives approximately $950,000 in funding each year from the U.S. Department of Education in support of this program. This federal funding is the only money specifically designated for serving the educational needs of Washington’s 32,539 homeless students.*

Requirements and Guidance: McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
"Homeless" defined, federal requirements, dispute resolution, Washington's role, and more

Data Collection and Reports
Required data from school districts and assistance in data collection

Education of Homeless Children and Youth Liaisons—School District Contact List
Contact information for every school district’s designated Education of Homeless Children and Youth liaison

Posters and Other Materials for School and Community Outreach
Free posters and brochures for distribution in your schools and community

McKinney-Vento Grants
Competitive grants awarded to the school districts with the greatest need

McKinney-Vento Liaison Training
Online training opportunities for school district liaisons and staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Update your Homeless Liaison contact information here

What's New

The Annual Data Collection is due October 27, 2016! This reflects data from the 2015-2016 school year (last year). Please see Bulletin 037-16 for instructions. Access the data collection through EDS.

Training Materials from the 2016 Annual McKinney-Vento Liaison Training

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

New Email Address!
Please contact us at mckinneyvento@k12.wa.us with your technical assistance questions and inquires.

NEW NCHE Webinars!
Registration for October and November webinars is open now!
Register here

   Updated 10/27/2016

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