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  mckinneyvento@k12.wa.us
  360-725-6505

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  All 50 State Coordinators

 

 

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

  Melinda Dyer
  Program Supervisor
  melinda.dyer@k12.wa.us

  Ella DeVerse
  Program Specialist
  ella.deverse@k12.wa.us

  Cindi Wiek
  Administrative Assistant
  cindi.wiek@k12.wa.us

 

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

  Cara Patrick
  Program Supervisor
  cara.patrick@k12.wa.us

 

 

Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Resources

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

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

  • Responsibilities of the Local Liaison
  • Traits of a Successful Liaison
  • Role Groups to Consider for the Position of Local Liaison
  • A Process for Designating a Local Liaison
  • Creating the Foundation for Success
  • Summary Key Points for Selected Local Liaisons
  • References
  • Appendices

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

The School Staff Resource helps guide school personnel in the support of homeless families, children, and youth, aid in the training of school personnel, and supplies guidance for a variety of positions in the LEA.
McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program; School Staff Resource

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

  • McKinney-Vento Act requirements and state legislation for LEAS
  • The role of the LEA's liaison
  • Strategies to aid homeless students in enrolling, attending, and succeeding academically
  • Staff specific strategies
  • State contact information
  • Resources

Dispute Resolution
The following procedures are specified in McKinney-Vento and further explained in OSPI’s Dispute Resolution Process.
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Sample Dispute Process Paperwork
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Sample Forms

Housing Questionnaire
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Intake Form | Spanish

Transportation Request Form

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

Department of Education Guidance/McKinney-Vento Act

Higher Education

Issue Briefs

Natural Disaster Resources

Needs Assessments

Title I, Part A

Washington State Resources

National Resources

 

   Updated 3/3/2017

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