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 Agency has released guidance for districts related to COVID-19 for homeless students. Click here to view the most up to date document:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
The Texas Education Agency also provides information for homeless students, services, and opportunities. Specific topics include: Identification, Enrollment, School Determination, Transportation, and Dispute Resolution.
Resources for Liaisons
Regional Homeless Liaison of the Year Award Application – pending TEA guidance
Resources for Administrators
Other Web-Based Resources