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Region 2

Region 2 consists of the six counties which encompass 76 school districts. Of these six counties, we are fortunate to have site coordinators in Berks, Chester, Dauphin and Lancaster counties. Lebanon and Schuylkill counties are served by the regional coordinator.
 
The goal of Pennsylvania's Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program in Region 2 is to help homeless children and youth access Pennsylvania's public schools by removing barriers to a free and appropriate public education, via the McKinney-Vento Law. The goal is to have a homeless student's education continue as uninterrupted as possible while he or she is homeless.
 
Site coordinators are knowledgeable of the rights of homeless students, and should be used as a resource by local agencies, school districts and homeless families. These coordinators can help with:  
 
  •  Interpretation of, and compliance with, the McKinney-Vento Law
  • Assisting with school enrollment and placement
  •  Arranging transportation to and from school
  • Providing agency referrals for clothing, food, shelter, rent and school supplies
  • Distributing literature regarding homeless children
  • Providing training on the McKinney-Vento Act
  •  Increasing public awareness of homelessness
  • Identifying your school district's liaison for homeless students
 
For additional information on services available in Berks counties, please contact:
 
Berks County Intermediate Unit #14
Kristen Hoffa
Regional Site Coordinator
Telephone:  610-987-8509
(800) 510-2741
Email:  krihof@berksiu.org
 
Melissa DeMotta
Site Coordinator
Telephone:  610-987-8436 
Email:  meldem@berksiu.org
 
Tabitha Kramer
Program Specialist
Telephone: 610-987-8464
Email: tabkra@berksiu.org 
 
For additional information on services available in Lancaster County, please contact:
 
Lancaster County School District
Nicki Spann
Regional Site Coordinator
Telephone:  717-396-6829
Email:  nspann@lancaster.k12.pa.us
 
Becky Ortega-Lyda
Educational Liaison
Telephone: 717-291-6290
Email:  blyda@lancaster.k12.pa.us
 
For additional information on services available in Chester County, please contact:
 
Chester County Intermediate Unit #24
Terry Stewart
Site Coordinator
Telephone:  484-237-5401
Email:  terryst@cciu.org
 
For additional information on services available in Dauphin County, please contact:
 
Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15
Phyllis Brown
Site Coordinator
Telephone 717-732-8400 x8197
Cell Phone 717-350-8962
FAX 717-732-8425
Email: pbrown@caiu.org 
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