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151 West 30th Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

TEL 800.388.2014
FAX 212.807.6872

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

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.

Register for upcoming Workshops and Webinars!

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.

NEW! 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.

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.

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

McKinney-Vento Training at HONOR
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Middletown, NY

McKinney-Vento Training at Erie 1 BOCES
Monday, June 8, 2015
West Seneca, NY

Powerpoints & Handouts from 2014 Workshops

Upcoming Webinars


McKinney-Vento Data Collection and Reporting (NYS)
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Recorded Webinars and Materials

Workshops and Training Materials

Training and Workshop Materials