at Advocates for Children
151 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
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:
- A Toll Free Helpline for questions about school-related issues (800-388-2014);
- On-site trainings, webinars, and annual McKinney-Vento Workshops on the education of students in temporary housing; and
- Free Posters and Brochures in multiple languages with information about the rights of students in temporary housing.
New and Noteworthy
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.
This October 2014 Field Memo requires school districts to attend a McKinney-Vento training this school year.
Fall 2014 Workshops will be held in New York City (3 dates), Rochester, and Long Island. A Workshop for McKinney-Vento Grantee Districts will be held in Albany in Spring 2015.
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.
NEW! 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.
NEW! 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.
- Brief - Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Education & Homelessness [PDF]
This NAEHCY brief is designed to assist McKinney-Vento liaisons and other education staff in providing appropriate services to unaccompanied immigrant children.
- Flowchart - Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and McKinney-Vento[PDF]
This flowchart explains the overall process (from apprehension through placement) that unaccompanied immigrant children may experience upon arrival in the U.S..
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.
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
New York City
Dec 2 & Dec 9, 2014
NYS & NYC
Stay tuned for 2015 Dates!