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Supporting and Educating Migrant Refugee Children

Unaccompanied children who come to the United States often risked their lives to get an education and escape poverty. These educational resources can help educators support and educate those children.
Published: June 2020

Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States — U.S. Department of Education provides information on the responsibilities of states and local education agencies and the resources available to help those children who are recently arrived in the United States.

 Unaccompanied Children's Services Network Resources — Office of Refugee Resettlement’s web portal includes a list of state refugee coordinators that can help schools locate and connect with local immigrant resources and provides links to a wealth of practical resources and partner websites.

National Center for Homeless Education — The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)’s website includes resources on educating of a child or youth experiencing homelessness. Contact the NCHE homeless education helpline toll-free at (800) 308-2145 or [email protected].

 Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services — Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) has thousands of resources on refugee and immigrant children and youth in a searchable online clearinghouse.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network — The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has produced a list of resources to help educators, school staff, and administrators understand and respond to the specific needs of traumatized children.

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