Pennsylvania’s Education for the Homeless Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program
Blanket Project for the children at the Homeless Shelters
Region #6 of the Pennsylvania’s Education for the Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness has asked school districts from the coverage area to put together No Sew Blankets. These blankets are being donated to the homeless shelters and directly to children in Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Indiana, Jefferson and Potter counties. The blankets are made by the children for the children.
Families enter the shelters for many reasons, house fires, domestic violence, eviction, loss of employment to name a few. Children, at any age, need to have something that makes them feel more comfortable whether that be for warmth or security. This is why the project of the blanket was chosen for the project.
Thank you to all of the schools that participated in this worth while cause.
About The Program
Pennsylvania’s Education for the Homeless Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program. Region #6 consists of the following counties.
Purpose and History
To ensure that homeless children and youth have access to the same free appropriate public education as other children and youth, the McKinney Act of 1987 was reauthorized under the No Child Left behind Act.
The ARIN Intermediate Unit was one of first rural homeless programs that began in 1992 that services Armstrong and Indiana counties.
Beginning with the 2005-2006 school year, the Pennsylvania’s Education for the Homeless Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program was expanded to support the education of homeless children and youth in eleven counties in what now is Region #6. The ARIN Intermediate Unit directly works with all eleven counties giving support to School Districts, Shelters, Head Start Programs and other community agencies.
A main goal of the Pennsylvania’s Education for the Homeless Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program is “to provide activities for, and services to , homeless children, including preschool-aged homeless children and youth that enable such children and youths to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school, or, if appropriate, in preschool programs.”
Some of the main objectives of the Pennsylvania’s Education for the Homeless Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program are to inform local school districts of their responsibilities to homeless children and youth, to increase awareness about the needs of homeless children, reveal and overcome possible educational barriers, explain current legislation and policies, and provide practical tips for working with homeless children.
Pennsylvania’s Education for the Homeless Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program is a federally funded program, The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.
Who is Homeless?
To establish laws that will protect the educational rights of homeless children, a clear definition had to be established.
Who is Homeless? - Federal Guidelines
Federal guidelines states that Homeless children may be found in these places or situations:
For more information contact the National Center for Homeless Education
How we can be of assistance:
Minimize disruptions to education by addressing the PA Department of Education’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Programs top ten barriers to education.
Monthly Reporting Forms
Number of homeless students, housing arrangements, various types of homeless students.
Support Provided To StudentsTo be filled out by districts for each student. This form is to be completed by the end of the year and kept in your file and copied to Regional Coordinator.
School District Policy 251
Dispute LetterThese are the procedures to follow when a dispute has arisen. (For school use)
Enrollment Dispute ResolutionTo be given to parents or guardians if they disagree with your decision of whether that child is homeless.
Sample LetterAn example of dispute procedures.