Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH)

  • region covered

    Region 3 Area

Program Overview

  • We can help with the following:

    School enrollment/placement

    Agency referrals (clothing, food, shelter)

    Tracking/transferring school records

    Accessing educational programs

    Interagency problem-solving

    Increasing public awareness of homelessness

    Consultative phone calls to answer school, agency and shelter questions

    Training and education

    Outreach visits

    School supplies/clothing

    Our goal

    • Ensure that all children and youth experiencing homelessness enroll, participate, and have the opportunity to succeed in school
    • Ensure children and youth experiencing homelessness receive a free and appropriate public education on an equal basis
    • Eliminate and/or reduce educational barriers through the use of local “best practices” and the authorized activities of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
    • Reduce the disruption in the educational lives of children and youth experiencing homelessness
    • Increase awareness about the nature and extent of the problems children and youth experiencing homelessness have enrolling in and gaining access to educational programs
    • Explain and build on the laws and policies already in place, which overcome these barriers 

    Student's Rights

    • The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required
    • The right to attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is feasible) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing
    • The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin, if this is requested by the 
    • The right to services comparable to those 
      received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services
    • The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness. Segregation based on a student’s status as homeless is strictly prohibited

    ECYEH Fact Sheet

    ECYEH Parent Fact Sheet



Contact Us

  • Regional Coordinator 

    Sonia Pitzi
    Cell:  717-253-4892

    Homeless & Foster Care Program Specialist

    Missy Gosnell

    Cell:  717-680-9481

    Outreach & Marketing Specialist

    Elizabeth Fortuner

    Cell:  717-809-4589




    York Learning Center (YLC)           
    300 E. 7th Ave.                            
    York, PA  17404


    Program Covers 8 Counties/
    Region 3:                     
    Adams, Cumberland, Franklin,
    Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin,
    Perry, & York