Homeless children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles. In school, students gain the skills and support needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.

NAEHCY Webinars

Previously Recorded Webinars

The McKinney-Vento Act as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

You can watch a recording of this webinar, recorded on October 27, 2016.

ESSA Spotlight: Improving Access to HUD Homeless Assistance Programs

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires States to provide professional development for liaisons and other school district personnel, including on certain federal definitions of homelessness. ESSA also authorizes school district homeless liaisons who have received this training to determine that children and youth meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of homelessness. This webinar provides information on these new requirements, as well as a basic overview of HUD homeless assistance. We will cover both the education and housing definition of homelessness, and provide considerations on eligibility and documentation.

You can watch a recording of this webinar, recorded on October 14, 2016.

Educating Homeless Children and Youth in the ESSA Era: An Overview

On October 1, 2016, amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act made by the Every Student Succeeds Act went into effect. This webinar provides an overview of the key changes in the law, as well as new federal guidance. Topics will cover amendments to eligibility, the role of liaisons, state coordinator responsibilities, school selection, transportation, immediate enrollment, disputes, preschool, unaccompanied youth, and Title I Part A.

You can watch a recording of this webinar, recorded on September 8, 2016, and view the presentation.

Back to School 2016: Important Updates from Early Childhood Through Post-Secondary Education

This webinar provides important updates across the full range of education for children and youth experiencing homelessness, from early childhood through post-secondary education. Topics include new regulations for the Head Start Act; a brief overview of key changes in the Every Student Succeeds Act; and a new date and processes for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Find out what lies ahead, as well as a preview of new NAEHCY resources to help you implement these changes in your community.

You can watch a recording of this webinar, recorded on September 7, 2016, view the presentation and read the questions and answers from the chat box that were not answered live.

ED/HHS June 2016 Guidance on Children in Foster Care

This webinar provides a preliminary overview of the June 22, 2016 ED/HHS Guidance and Dear Colleague letter on ESSA's provisions regarding children in foster care.  PLEASE NOTE: There is a correction to slide 17 in the recording: Since this webinar was recorded, ED officials have informed us that ED does intend that LEA Foster Care Points of Contact be designated by December 10, 2016, if the corresponding child welfare agency has notified the LEA in writing that it has designated a point of contact for schools. Here is an updated implementation timeline.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation.

ESSA Provisions Regarding Homeless Children and Youth: Implications for Students With Disabilities

This webinar summarizes ESSA’s amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act, highlighting their impact on students with disabilities experiencing homelessness. Recorded June 20, 2016 with The Advocacy Institute. Watch the webinar and get the powerpoint.

Homelessness Questions on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey: News from CDC and Tools from Advocates

For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control will include two homelessness questions on its 2017 YRBS optional questionnaire. The YRBS monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults, and includes a national school-based survey of high school students conducted every two years, as well as regional surveys in individual states and some school districts. Join advocates from across the country to learn about the YRBS, how including homelessness questions has made a difference in states and localities that use them, and how to advocate to get these questions on your state's or school district's YRBS in 2017.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation.

Best Practices to Support Homeless and Foster Youth on College Campuses

What happens to homeless youth who wish to pursue higher education, but no longer have access to a K-12 McKinney-Vento homeless liaison? Or foster youth who face higher education without the supports of a caseworker or foster parent? A Single Point of Contact (SPOC) is designed to be a safe and supportive college administrator who is committed to helping unaccompanied homeless youth and foster youth successfully navigate the college-going process. SPOCs implement a streamlined process to facilitate communication and quick referrals among departments and services. Best practices will be shared on how to connect homeless and foster youth to supports for housing, food, financial aid, and on and off campus resources.

Webinar 1: This webinar shares best practices from SPOCs for homeless and foster youth from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Kennesaw State University.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation.

Webinar 2: This webinar shares best practices from SPOCs at both two- and four-year colleges  for homeless youth at West Chester University, and Aims Community College.

You can watch a recording of this webinar.

Financial Aid Policies and Practices for Homeless Youth

It's FAFSA time! The start of the year is when youth who wish to attend college should be filling out applications for financial aid.  Yet homeless youth often face barriers navigating postsecondary educations systems, and finding basic needs to support themselves. This session will provide homeless education professionals, higher education professionals, and community based organizations with tools to assist homeless youth to apply for Federal Student Aid. Presenters from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education, and the Office of Federal Student Aid will discuss financial aid policies and practices for homeless youth. Best practices will also be shared on how homeless education professionals, human service professionals, and financial aid administrators can collaborate to better support this population of students.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation.

Housing + High School = Success: Successful Host Home Programs

This webinar features 3 successful host home programs working in collaboration with their local school districts. The presentation shares information about how to start a host home program, how to nurture successful host home relationships, tracking outcomes, and securing funding. Additional tools and information are available in NAEHCY's publication "Housing + High School = Success." Recorded December 2, 2015.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation.

Youth Homelessness Task Forces: Getting Started and Keeping Up

In this webinar, three local Task Force leaders will share their experiences and tips for convening and sustaining inter-agency collaborations and services supporting unaccompanied youth. The presentation will build upon NAEHCY's "Local Task Force Start-Up Kit", available here; Recorded October 27, 2015.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation.

 Assisting Homeless Youth To Access Higher Education

This webinar discusses the barriers homeless youth experience while accessing higher education and provides ways to help youth overcome these barriers. It explains the US Department of Education's recent Dear Colleague Letter clarifying higher education institutions roles and responsibilities when making determinations of a student's homeless status and shares resources to help homeless youth successfully transition to higher education, including choosing a school, understanding fees, accessing services, applying for federal financial aid, and researching scholarship opportunities.  Recorded September 22, 2015.

You can watch a recording of this webinar.

Law Into Practice - California

Recent California Legislation Supporting Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This webinar series provided information and implementation tips on the following four state laws sponsored by NAEHCY and enacted in California in 2013 and 2014:

SB 177:

 Puts the McKinney-Vento Act’s immediate enrollment and public notice requirements in state law; allows homeless students to participate immediately in extra-curricular activities; and creates a California Department of Education / Department of Social Service working group to improve policies and practices toward youth experiencing homelessness. Recorded December 3, 2014.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation.

AB 652:

 Establishes that being homeless and an unaccompanied minor is not alone grounds for a child protective services report. Recorded January 21, 2015.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation.

AB 1068:

 Gives unaccompanied youth the right to access and consent to disclose their education records; and protects the privacy of homeless students’ directory information. Recorded March 18, 2015.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation and companion documents.

AB 1806:

 Requires the award of partial credits to homeless students; permits homeless students who transfer schools after completing their second year of high school to obtain an alternative diploma in certain circumstances; requires notice to liaisons of expulsion hearings regarding homeless students. Recorded May 13, 2015.

You can watch a recording of this webinar and view the presentation and companion documents.

NAEHCY 2018 Conference
Anaheim, CA
October 27-30, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
Homeless Students in ESEA Reauthorization
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