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

  Melinda Dyer

  Kim Rector

Information outside of Washington State:
  All 50 State Coordinators


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

Annual McKinney-Vento Liaison Training: September 28th in Spokane; and September 29th in SeaTac. (More details coming soon!)

Temporary Full-Time Administrative Program Specialist 1, McKinney-Vento Program
The primary responsibility of the McKinney-Vento APS 1 position is to work closely with and assist the State Coordinator for the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth program in the OSPI Student Support unit. This position will assist with training and technical assistance related to the implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act through telephone and email communication as well as on-site training and technical assistance. More information

Webinar: McKinney-Vento Bidder's Conference (2016-19 Applications for Grant Funding)
April 15, 2016

ESSA Resources

OSPI Student Support Conference
Higher Education Presentation
McKinney-Vento Act Presentation

NAEHCY 2016 Conference
For information

Registration for the NCHE webinars
are open and available for May and June.

   Updated 5/19/2016

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