The McKinney- Vento Act This act ensures that homeless students (PreK-12) have equal access to a free appropriate public education as other students.  Click on the document to the right to read more about your rights.  This document answers questions you may have and where to go for help.

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Parents & Students
An Overview of McKinney-Vento

 

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If you have a question about whether your child is eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act, including transportation, school selection, enrollment, and more, call our Infoline at 

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College Access

ACT Fee Waivers

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ACT Fee Waivers: The ACT webpage describes the steps that economically disadvantaged high school juniors or seniors should follow to receive a fee waiver for taking the ACT college entrance exam.

McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution/Appeal Process

Appeal Form

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When a dispute arises about whether a student should be considered homeless or where the student should go to school, the McKinney-Vento liaison must help the parent or youth file an appeal with the Commissioner of the State Education Department using this form.

McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution/Appeal Process

Appeal Sample Evidence

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This document provides a list of examples of evidence that families may include in an appeal in order to show that the student is homeless under McKinney-Vento.

Early Childhood

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCRRs)

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Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCRRs) provide services to parents and day care providers in every county of New York State.

If you are looking for child care, the CCRR in your county is a great place to start.

Housing Resources - New York State

Community Action Agency

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Community Action Agency to get help with education, employment, and family support services

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

Housing Resources - New York State

Community-Based Housing Organizations

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NYS Homes and Community Renewal to get information about affordable housing, including the Rent Info Line (718) 739-6400 to get information and help for tenants of rent controlled and rent stabilized apartments.

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution/Appeal Process

Dispute Resolution/Appeals Process (Resource Library)

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If a family or student in temporary housing and their school district disagree about a student's McKinney-Vento eligibility for enrollment, school selection options, or transportation, the school district may challenge the student's eligibility under McKinney-Vento. Read about the steps to take to resolve these situations.

Early Childhood

EarlyLearn NYC – Childcare and Head Start programs

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EarlyLearn NYC – Childcare and Head Start programs provide early care and education to children and NYC who meet eligibility criteria.

Housing Resources - New York City

HRA Infoline

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HRA Infoline (718) 557-1399 to get information about a One-Shot Deal (emergency grant to help people pay for an expense because of an unexpected situation)

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

Early Childhood

Head Start Center Locator

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Head Start Center Locator can be used by families nationwide.

Housing Resources - New York City

HomeBase

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HomeBase to get eviction prevention and housing search help

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

Housing Resources - New York City

Housing Court Answers

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Housing Court Answers or call (212) 962-4795 to get help with eviction prevention and other housing issues

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

Housing Resources - New York City

Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

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Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to apply for low- and moderate-income housing

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

New Rules for Registration

How to Register Your Child in School

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In July 2015, the 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 New York State Education Department produced brochures in multiple languages that districts can provide to parents so that they better understand the enrollment process. The brochure is currently available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Karen, Nepali, Russian, and Urdu.

Housing Resources - New York State

LawHelp.org

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LawHelp.org to find legal services or eviction prevention services (for example, help paying back rent, help with an eviction case in court, etc.)

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution/Appeal Process

List of Legal Service Providers

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NYS-TEACHS is a technical assistance center and cannot offer legal advice. You may contact the following agencies for legal advice and/or assistance related to the McKinney Vento dispute process.

Housing Resources - New York State

Local Department of Social Services

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Local Department of Social Services to get shelter and housing referrals

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

General Information

McKinney-Vento Act : A Summary

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This document summarizes some of the McKinney-Vento Act’s core provisions.

Housing Resources - New York City

NYC Housing Connect

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NYC Housing Connect to find and apply for affordable housing, including housing lotteries

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

Housing Resources - New York City

NYHousingSearch

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NYHousingSearch to find affordable homes and apartments in NY State

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

Housing Resources - New York State

NYHousingSearch

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NYHousingSearch to find affordable homes and apartments in NY State

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

Housing Resources - New York City

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

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New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to apply for public housing public housing

NOTE: NYS-TEACHS is not a direct provider of housing resources, but here are some suggestions for agencies who provide housing services and referrals.

Special Education

Parent Training and Information Centers

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These organizations provide information and trainings to parents about special education issues.

General Information

Posters and Brochures

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Is your housing uncertain? This poster and brochure provide information about the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness.

College Access

SAT Fee Waivers

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Information about receiving fee waivers for SAT and ACT.

Special Education

School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities – Information for Parents

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A helpful guide from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE). If you and your family are experiencing homelessness, you may be struggling to enroll and keep your children in school. If you have a child with special needs, you may have even more challenges to make sure your child receives the help he or she needs.

Special Education

Special Education (Resource Library)

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This document was created by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) to provide information to parents about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how it can help students in temporary housing with special needs.

General Information

Tip Sheet for Parents & Guardians

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This Tip Sheet explains school selection, transportation, and services for students experiencing homelessness.

College Access

Understanding FAFSA

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A how-to guide for students and their families.