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McKinney-Vento – Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

Registration is open for the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Summit, taking place Monday, August 29th through Wednesday, August 31st in San Marcos and online! Led by the theme, Creating Connections, Building Bridges, the summit is a valuable opportunity to earn CEUs, develop concrete skills, and ultimately strengthen school and community partnerships in order to provide the necessary reinforcements for systems that uphold student success.

After two years of hosting the TEHCY Program Summit virtually, the summit team is thrilled to announce a hybrid experience for this year’s event. Registrants may attend virtually from anywhere, or join in person at the San Marcos Conference Center.

Additional Talking Points

  • The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Program Summit equips education professionals with cutting-edge tools and resources to make a difference in the lives of students experiencing homelessness.
  • This year’s theme, Creating Connections, Building Bridges, will inspire attendees to strengthen school and community partnerships in order to provide the necessary reinforcements for systems that uphold student success.
  • The summit will provide specialized training on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the opportunity to earn approximately 11 CEUs, develop new skills, network, and engage with other education professionals from across Texas.
  • The summit will feature professional development tracks that are geared toward TEHCY subgrantees, school districts, charter schools, Educational Service Center (ESC) staff, and stakeholders. Topic tracks include: McKinney-Vento fundamentals; connecting students to community services; advancing equity for special student populations; trauma and resilience; and much more.
  • Last year’s summit welcomed over 1,000 education professionals from over 400 school districts across Texas, empowering new connections across the state. Read about last year’s summit on our blog post, Exploring the Road to Impact During TEHCY 2021.
  • The TEHCY Program Summit engages youth and young adults as speakers, consultants, and facilitators throughout the summit. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn directly from youth and young adults with lived experience, putting the power of youth-adult partnerships into action.

 

Covid-19 Guidance

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The Texas Education Agency has released guidance for districts related to COVID-19 for homeless students.  Click here to view the most up to date document:

COVID-19: Guidance for Students Experiencing Homelessness 

 

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth Support Center also has a COVID-19 Resource Page to help students experiencing homelessness during these uncertain time.

 

Updated Posters

The Texas Education Agency recently released digital files of the new McKinney-Vento posters.  There are two versions of the poster, one to assist parents of school-age youth (English & Spanish) and a second to assist unaccompanied youth (English & Spanish).  Should you need additional printed posters, please contact Lacy Murphey.

Posters

 

 

About the Homeless Education Program

The Homeless Education Program is designed to support districts and charters as they strive to meet the unique needs of students experiencing homelessness. Technical assistance is provided through statute interpretation, identification, and service requirements as it relates to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  Collaboration is also facilitated between schools and regional community agencies to ensure that identified homeless students receive necessary services.

 

Each Local Education Agency (LEA) must designate a representative as their district’s/charter’s Homeless Liaison.  Liaisons ensure that:

  • children and youth in homeless situations are identified by school staff and through coordination activities with other entities and agencies, and
  • students experiencing homelessness enroll—and have full and equal opportunity to succeed—in school.

Access the District Homeless Liaison Directory for Region 9.

 

Each Regional Education Service Center is also required to designate a Homeless Liaison to assist LEAs in the identification and service of homeless students. The ESC representative also facilitates trainings and resources for district homeless liaisons. Contact information for the Region 9 ESC Homeless Liaison is: 

Lacy Murphey

lacy.murphey@esc9.net

940.322.6928

 

 

 

Notable Resources

The Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Support Center provides technical assistance to anyone, anywhere in the state, regarding issues related to children and youth experiencing homelessness.  Call the TEHCY Support Center toll-free anytime:  1-800-446-3142.  Take time to check out the TEHCY resources, trainings, and webinars.

 

 

 

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The Texas Education Agency also provides information for homeless students, services, and opportunities.  Specific topics include:  Identification, Enrollment, School Determination, Transportation, and Dispute Resolution.