About Project TEACH
Project TEACH was established as a model program following the recommendations of the Sacramento County Task Force for the Education of Homeless Children in 1990. Caring, collaborative partners formed Project TEACH to help meet the challenges of promoting the educational success of children who are experiencing homelessness.
As a county office of education program, Project TEACH collaborates with school districts and community agencies. Public awareness resources are disseminated to agencies and school districts. Educational sector representation is provided by Project TEACH at the Continuum of Care.
A Project TEACH staff person carries out the duties of the homeless liaison. Families and unaccompanied youths are identified as eligible for services. The parent or guardian is informed of the educational opportunities and rights of their children. Project TEACH supports the involvement of parents in education. Workshops are provided at family shelter agencies.
Project TEACH coordinates services with school districts, charter schools, and agencies, which includes hosting a monthly Education for Homeless Children and Youth Collaborative.
A program of Sacramento County Office of Education, Project TEACH is funded by a grant from the CDE through the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act.
Materials and Publications
- Project TEACH: Promoting the Educational Success of Children Who Are Experiencing Homelessness (brochure)
- Don’t Delay Enroll Today: Children’s School Information Folder (parent informational folder)
- Is Your Child Missing School? (Directory of Liaisons for families without a permanent home)
Project TEACH provides unique family services to promote enrollment, attendance, and academic success as follows:
- Assistance with school enrollment, attendance, and academic success
- Referrals to preschool programs
- Coordination between schools, shelters, housing agencies and motels
- Transfer of school records, including immunization or relevant medical records, is facilitated
- Family literacy activities and/or access to after school programs
- Access to the educational services for which the child is eligible, such as special education
- Referrals to health, dental, mental health services and community food, shelter and clothing resources
- Access to School Nutrition Programs
- Transportation resources to enable students to attend school
- School supplies and resources for students
- Parent consultation, including discussion of educational rights and responsibilities
- Community awareness campaigns and professional development
Services for School Districts
Project TEACH ensures that students living in homeless situations succeed through collaborative efforts with school districts. Each school district is required to designate a liaison for children experiencing homelessness in compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Improvements Assistance Act. As a county office program, Project TEACH provides assistance to school districts as follows:
- Encourages and assists school districts in establishing a program or services
- Provides support to the liaison and/or designated contact person(s)
- Resolves disputes regarding the educational placement of children experiencing homelessness
- Increases awareness and compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Improvements Assistance Act through collaboration with districts, shelter agencies, community agencies, and parents
- Coordination between agencies and school districts on events which results in donated supplies for students
- Promotes accurate reporting of data to the California Department of Education
- Local educational liaison representative at interagency forums
- Coordinates the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Collaborative to provide a forum for school districts and agencies to engage in problem-solving