Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) serves Region 4. Region 4 consists of the following counties in Western Pennsylvania.
ECYEH Purpose & 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 McKinney-Vento Legislation. The Educational items became law on July 1, 2002 under the No Child Left Behind Act. The Allegheny Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness has been providing educational and enrichment programs for homeless children and youth since the 1990-1991 school term.
Beginning with the 2005-2006 school year, the Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness was expanded to facilitate the education of homeless children and youth in nine counties in what is now Region 4, which includes Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.
A main goal of the Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness is "to provide activities for and services to homeless children and youth, including preschool-aged children, that enable such children and youth to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school."
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, Subtitle B, Sec.722(d)(2)
Some of the main objectives of the Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness 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.
This is a Federally funded program.