The Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness program (ECYEH) is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is based on the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This federal legislation ensures that homeless children and youth have access to a free, appropriate, public education.
Our team is committed to ensuring that all students experiencing homelessness have the opportunity to succeed in school. We eliminate barriers to education, educate the community about the nature of homelessness, and provide support to schools, families, and communities.
Homelessness is a real issue in Berks County. More than 2,000 students identify as homeless in our area. Mary’s Shelter’s STRONG Program is adding 20 bedrooms for unaccompanied homeless youth ages 16-22. We need your creative design skills!
The ECYEH program in Region 2 serves Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties and is administered by the Berks County Intermediate Unit.
How the Region 2 ECYEH program can help:
Children and youth are eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act if they have been displaced from their homes and are living in a place that is not fixed, regular, or adequate, such as:
Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:
We provide training on the following topics:
Homeless Awareness Workshops for Students:
School District Homeless Liaison Resources:
Forms and Documents: