Regional Office of Education #9
Champaign - Ford Counties



Programs: Education For Homeless Children & Youth

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program at the Champaign - Ford Regional Office of Education offers services to homeless children and youth primarily who are of school age.

Staff:

Regina Parnell
Student Services Coordinator
E-mail: parnellr@roe9.k12.il.us

Phone: 217-893-3219
Fax: 217-893-0024

Cell: 840-6965

Background:

     The Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program at the Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education offers services to homeless children and youth primarily who are of school age. Pre-school aged children also receive services to ensure access to early childhood and pre-school programs.

     The Homeless Liaison disseminates materials from the Opening Doors: Statewide Access to Education for Homeless Children & Youth Program to schools, agencies, and parents across Champaign and Ford Counties. The Homeless Liaison also links with a wide variety of people from the business, social service, community, school and student sector. These partnerships assist in stabilizing homeless children and their families so that they are more responsive to school enrollment. Funding is available to resolve issues such as a lack of school supplies, physical education clothing, transportation, alarm clocks, or special school fees such as those for field trips, pictures, and book clubs. In addition, funding is also available for tutoring and to assist with the cost of educational summer programs.

     The Homeless Liaison provides technical assistance and staff development programs for school personnel in Champaign and Ford Counties. These trainings heighten awareness of the specific educational needs of homeless students and their rights as outlined in the Stewart B. McKinney Act. School personnel are also educated on the need to be sensitive and aware of the situations that face the homeless students they encounter in their schools.

     The Homeless Liaison ensures that homeless children are provided with immediate transportation if the family chooses to keep the children in their school of origin. The Homeless Liaison also insures that homeless children are not excluded from school as a result of missing immunization or school records. If a dispute arises, the Homeless Liaison makes sure that the child is immediately enrolled in school until the Regional Superintendent of Schools can resolve the situation.

Related Forms

Some of the forms have either a mailing address or fax number. If there is not one indicated on the form use the following information to send ROE the form.

Regional Office of Education #9
200 S. Frederick
Rantoul, IL 61866
Fax: 217.893.0024
Form Description:
Form Type
Homeless Referral

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