Education Resources

What Protects Against Delinquency? Connection.

A recent study examined whether connections to school, parent figures and neighborhoods impact the likelihood that young people who have been abused will engage in future violent and nonviolent criminal activity. Authors describe how to tell if a connection is protective in nature, as well as their effect on various subpopulations. RHY programs should consider ways of strengthening these ties for individual youth, and how to build a sense of neighbor-like community for RHY in transitional housing.

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Wishing for Climate Change in Your Schools? Here’s How You Can Help.

This action guide, developed by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, lays out steps that community partners can take to engage with schools to improve the learning climate for young people. Some ways youth work professionals can contribute include bringing others to the table; sharing data; and weighing in on possible interventions.

Read the action guide here:



Measuring Success: Accountability for Alternative Education

A policy brief from American Youth Policy Forum and Civic Enterprises aims to address four key opportunities states have both within and outside of ESSA to better understand and ultimately improve alternative education:

  • Definition: What is alternative education?
  • Accountability System: What structures can states put into place to ensure alternative settings are appropriately held accountable?
  • Accountability Measures: What measures can states consider that accurately reflect the quality of alternative settings?
  • Continuous Improvement: How can states use accountability for alternative settings as a tool for continuous improvement?

Read the full brief here:


NAEHCY and NLCHP’s FAQs – Education Rights

In September of 2016, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) released the updated version to "The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations."

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McKinney Vento Application

This information sheet covers different aspects of applying the McKinney-Vento Act to your Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) program. Tips and information are provided for direct care workers and young people themselves.

Access the tip sheet here:


Community Education

In this tip sheet about Community Education, you will find helpful guidelines and information around educating your community about runaway and homeless youth and their needs.

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National Center for Homeless Education Resources

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) has a wealth of resources for service providers around McKinney-Vento legislation, state coordinators, accessing higher education and so forth - which are listed below. RHYTTAC has another resource with information regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which can be accessed here.

In January of 2014, RHYTTAC facilitated a webinar that is available through eLearning entitled: "McKinney-Vento and RHYA Programs: Partners for Student Success". The training is available in RHYTTAC's online eLearning platform, where Christina Endres and Jan Moore from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) highlight parts of the McKinney-Vento Act that impact RHYA programs, offer suggestions for collaborating with school districts to better serve runaway and homeless youth, and describe NCHE resources and services.


EBP Literature Review for Education

This document provides a listing of research and evidence-based practices for RHY education. 

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McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) is amended to read as follows: Subtitle B – Education for Homeless Children and Youths. You can access read the Education for Homeless Children Youth Programs Non-Regulatory Guidance and learn about the key changes. 

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