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Department of Education

Dear Colleague Letter: School Enrollment Procedures

Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School: Questions and Answers for States, School Districts and Parents

Fact Sheet: Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School

Educational Resources for New Arrivals & Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States

Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Holder Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status (5/8/14)

The White House

FACT SHEET: Unaccompanied Children from Central America


The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (Caring Across Communities)

Caring Across Communities: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Diverse Children and Youth
Caring Across Communities, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was designed to help meet the mental health needs of immigrant children and youth by building on strong community-school partnerships.

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools: Free Access Mental Health Screeners Available in Spanish

School-Based Health Alliance

Archived Webinar: Unaccompanied Minors: Implications for SBHC Practice and Partners

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS)

Working with Unaccompanied Minors from Central America

Immigrant Students’ Rights to Attend Public Schools

No Child Left Behind: New Rules for Unaccompanied Minor Illegal Aliens

Immigration and Schools: Supporting Success for Undocumented and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Promoting a Culture of Welcome for Refugees in Schools: Approaches & Opportunities

Welcome to Our Schools Kit

Welcoming and Orienting Newcomer Students to U.S. Schools

Refugee Children in U.S. Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers and School Personnel

Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals

Child Trends

Child Trends: Moving Beyond Trauma: Child Migrants and Refugees in the United States (2016)

Understanding the Risks to the Children Crossing the Border

National Association of School Psychologists

Understanding the Plight of Immigrant and Refugee Students

Featured Articles From State Newsletters

Traumatized Refugee Children

Immigrant Families: Strategies for School Support

Immigrant Teenagers – Helping Them Adjust to Their First Year: Recommendations for Parents

Immigrant Parents and Home-School Collaboration: Strategies for Teachers

UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools

Immigrant Children and Youth: Enabling Their Success at School (Policy Brief)
A great deal has been written about immigrant children and youth. This brief focuses on implications for school improvement policy and practice. Discussed are (1) different reasons families migrate, (2) concerns that arise related to immigrant students, (3) prevailing school practices for addressing immigrant concerns, (4) a framework for broadening what schools and communities do, and (5) implications for policy.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors

NSBA & National Education Association

Legal Issues for School Districts Related to the Education of Undocumented Children

National PTA

Unaccompanied Children in the U.S.

Migrant Clinicians Network

Migrant Clinicians Network: Position Statement

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Protecting the Human Rights of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors


Education Week

For Schools With Child Immigrants, What Resources Are Available? (Blog)

Schools a haven for many unaccompanied minors

U.S. Schools Gear Up for Surge of Young Immigrants

Surge of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Presents Education Challenges (Blog)


With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare (Blog)


Across the Border and Into School (8/22/16)

Unaccompanied immigrant children need access to mental health professionals [Commentary] (9/26/14)

Texas schools expect to easily accommodate immigrant kids (8/7/14)

Supporting and educating unaccompanied students from Central America (8/7/14)

5 Things You Need to Know About Unaccompanied Children (6/18/14)