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New York, NY 10001

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NYS-TEACHS provides technical assistance to school districts, social service providers, shelters, families, youth and others about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act [PDF]. Our services include:

New and Noteworthy

NEW! A Guide to Understanding the New Rules for School Registration

In July 2015, NYSED Commissioner's Regulations governing enrollment of students in public school were amended to ensure that all students, and in particular unaccompanied youth, have timely access to school. The Regulations require that school districts accept a broader range of documents to establish residency and establish timelines for making residency determinations. The NYSED has produced brochures in English and in Spanish that districts can provide to parents so that they better understand the enrollment process.

NEW! NYSED Field Memo: Mandatory McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Training for SY2015-2016

This September 2015 Field Memo outlines the requirements for school districts to attend a McKinney-Vento training this school year as well as a mandatory spring meeting for current McKinney-Vento grantees.

NEW! NYSED Field Memo: School Transportation for Students in Foster Care

This August 2015 NYSED Field Memo provides information about transportation to and from school for children placed in foster care.

U.S. Department of Education Letter to Title I State Coordinators and Homeless Education Coordinators

This letter from the Office of Safe and Healthy Students at the U.S. Department of Education to State Title I Coordinators and Homeless Education Coordinators includes information on the reauthorization of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2015 which extends the use of Title I funds to provide services to homeless children and youth. It also clarifies how Title I may be used to serve students experiencing homelessness and support the work of homeless liaisons.

Early Care and Education Supports for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

Resources to Support Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness from Resource Connections is a compilation of publications exploring the prevalence, experience, and impact of homelessness among young children; access to for children experiencing homelessness; early care and education programs and practices that support children experiencing homelessness; and approaches for addressing trauma associated with homelessness for young children.

NYSED Field Memo: McKinney-Vento Summer School Information

This June 2015 Field Memo from the NY State Education Department addresses the rights of students in temporary housing to attend and recieve transportation to summer school. All students who experience homelessness and who are required to attend summer school to advance to the next grade or to graduate on time with their peers must be provided the opportunity to do so. This memo discusses access to summer school, summer school fees, transportation to summer school, and use of Title I set-aside funding for students in temporary housing.

NYSED Field Memo: District-Administered Pre-K Programs for Children in Temporary Housing

This June 2015 field memo from the NY State Education Department provides guidance on the rights of students in temporary housing to access public preschool education programs offered by a school district. It also provides guidance to school districts on outreach and identification of preschool age temporarily housed children, how to request funding and seek class-size variance requests for programs that may already be full, and other early childhood education programs and services that may be available.

NYSED Field Memo: Guidance Regarding Out-of-State/Country Children who become Homeless and Tuition Reimbursement

This March 2015 Field Memo from the NY State Education Department clarifies that schools districts cannot get additional state aid for instruction (also referred to as tuition reimbursement) through the STAC 202 process for students experiencing homelessness who were last permanently housed outside of New York State.

NYSED Field Memo: Required Local Educational Agency (LEA) Policy Relating to the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act

In November 2014, the New York State Education Department revised the Sample Local Educational Agency Education of Homeless Children Policy. This sample policy is intended to help school districts and charter schools ensure that their policies are fully in compliance with state and federal laws and address the problems that students in temporary housing face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. School districts and charter schools are encouraged to incorporate, as appropriate, the provisions of the sample policy into existing policy manuals and post the policy to school district or charter school websites to ensure that the rights of students in temporary housing are widely known and fully protected.

NYSED Field Memo: Mandatory McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Training

This October 2014 Field Memo requires school districts to attend a McKinney-Vento training this school year.

Educational Services for Recently Arrived Unaccompanied Children

The New York State Education Department issued this September 10, 2014 letter to all school districts regarding educational services for recently arrived unaccompanied immigrant children, many of whom may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act.

U.S. Dept. of Education Fact Sheet on Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived to the United States [PDF]

This fact sheet from the DOE provides information to help LEAs understand their responsibilities and existing resources available to educate all immigrant students.

Resources on the Education of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

All children living in the United States are entitled to a free appropriate public education, regardless of their or their parents' actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status. The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) has created and compiled a list of resources, which can be found here, to assist school district staff.

Field Memo: Consolidated Appropriations Act and Expansion of Allowable Use of Title I Part A and Set-aside Funds for Students in Temporary Housing [PDF]

This June 30, 2014 Field Memo from the New York State Education Department describes how starting with the 2014-15 school year, school districts are permitted to use Title I funds to cover the cost of the salary for the McKinney-Vento liaison even if that person has no Title I duties and the cost of transporting students in temporary housing to and from their school of origin.

Eligibility Effective Date for Directly Certified Students [PDF]

This June 2014 memo (USDA Memo SP 51-2014)clarifies that LEAs may consider the effective date of eligibility for free school meal or milk benefits for students in temporary housing to be the date on which documentation of eligibility is received. It also clarifies that LEAs may refund any money paid by the student or forgive any debt for meals or milk from the free meal eligibility effective date through the date the direct certification is actually implemented at the school.

Upcoming Workshops and Trainings

Sept 21 @ Homeless Services United

Nov 4 - Albany Workshop

Nov 5 - Buffalo Workshop

Dec 8,16,17 - NYC Workshops

Upcoming Webinars

Recorded Webinars and Materials

Who is Covered? Scenarios and Strategies for Determining M-V Eligibility (NYC)
Thu, 10/8/15
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Who is Covered? Scenarios and Strategies for Determining M-V Eligibility (NYS)
Tues, 10/15/15
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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