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ECYEH Mission and History

On July 22, 1987, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became public law. This was the first comprehensive federal law dealing with the problems of homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act was recently reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015.

The main objective of PA’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program is to make sure homeless youth have access to appropriate education while removing barriers that homeless children face. Its goal is have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while the children are in homeless situations. Some of the other objectives of our program are to inform school districts of their responsibilities to homeless children and youth, increase awareness about the needs of homeless children, explain current legislation and policies and provide practical tips for working with homeless children.

ECYEH serves the following counties:

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Bradford Monroe Susquehanna
Carbon Montour Tioga
Columbia Northumberland Union
Lackawanna Pike Wayne
Luzerne Snyder Wyoming
Lycoming Sullivan  
FAQ on COVID and Homelessness
ESSA Guidance for McKinney-Vento
Virtual Learning Resources

This includes 78 school districts, five public charter schools and three full-time career and technical schools. The Regional Coordinator for Pennsylvania’s Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program is located in the Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 in Kingston, PA (Luzerne County).

The Region 7 staff targets the needs of homeless children, youth and their families. We are committed to ensuring all students experiencing homelessness have the opportunity to succeed in school. The goal is to provide as much stability as possible, educational assistance and support to children living in transitional situations such as homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and other temporary housing situations.

The coordinators work in collaboration with the school districts and shelter/transitional housing providers to ensure continuity, while the children are in homeless situations.

Areas of service provided include:

  • Training school district liaisons and shelter providers
  • Technical assistance
  • Personal visits to sites
  • Distribution of literature
  • School enrollment and placement issues
  • Referrals for clothing, food, shelter, transportation and other related services

We provide training on the following topics:

  • McKinney-Vento 101
  • School Staff and Faculty McKinney-Vento Overview
  • New McKinney-Vento Liaison Training
  • Pre and Post PDE monitoring support
  • Foster Care

For additional information on the services provided and/or technical assistance, please contact:

Jeff Zimmerman
ECYEH/Foster Region 7 Coordinator
368 Tioga Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704

Darci Berti
Program Specialist

Andy Kuhl
Program Consultant

For more information on Educational Stability for Foster Youth in Pennsylvania, go to:


LEA Resource Packet (Procedures, policies, definitions)
LIU ECYEH Region 7 BookletMcKinney-Vento Liaison Duties
LIU ECYEH Region 7 Intake FormEasy to Read Guidance-General
NAEHCY FAQEasy to Read Guidance-School Staff
PDE Child Accounting GuidelinesHomeless Parents Poster English
Pennsylvania Basic Education CircularHomeless Parents Poster Spanish
PA ECYEH Regional MapSample Handbook Statement
Weekly/Bi-weekly Check-in FormEnd-of-Year Re-verification Letter
FAFSA Determination 2021Student/Family Contact Log
Student Housing QuestionnaireThe Rights Of Students Experiencing Homelessness
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Determination
McKinney-Vento PowerPoint

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