Resources for Homeless Children and Youth
McKinney-Vento Program Specialist
District duties | Rights of students
McKinney-Vento Program Supervisor
Training | Data collection
Homeless Student Stability Program Supervisor
Unaccompanied homeless youth | Partial credit for highly mobile youth | State law
Sample Forms & Templates
Sample forms and templates are provided for districts to meet federal and state program compliance. Items related to Consolidated Program Review are identified by item number.
Statement of Attestation - Consolidated Program Review item 10.4
FAFSA-Independent Student Verification Form - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.7
McKinney-Vento Title I Set-Asides Needs Assessment - Consolidated Program Review Item 10.11
Sample Informed Consent for Health Care authorization form 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.
Training & Implementation Resources
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:
- Identification of Homeless Students: An Overview for School District Staff
- Coding Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Data Collection
- 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.
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.
State & National Resources
- On-Time Grade Level Progression and Graduation for Highly Mobile Students—A Guide to Implementing RCW 28A.320.192
- The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
- Non-Regulatory Guidance: U.S. Department of Education
- 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)