A comprehensive list of topics all about the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
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Data & Statistics on Homelessness
Disaster & Emergency Response
Dispute Resolution/Appeal Process Domestic Violence
Early Childhood Education
Enrollment & School Selection
Higher Education & Postsecondary Opportunities
McKinney-Vento Grant Program
NYS Education Dept. Laws & Guidance
Privacy of Student Records
Research on Homeless Education
Teaching Strategies to Reach Highly Mobile Students
Trauma Sensitive Strategies for School Success
Charter schools, like school districts, must appoint a McKinney-Vento liaison to identify students in temporary housing, help them enroll in school, and arrange for transportation and other needed services.
DATA AND STATISTICS ON HOMELESSNESS
Data-sets currently include: identification of homeless students, identification of sub-populations of homeless students, and assessment achievement rates.
These resources for professionals and families address chronic absenteeism and provide guidance on improving attendance.
Awareness materials can aid in informing, training, and discussing the McKinney-Vento Act and homeless education with school personnel and social service providers.
DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR MCKINNEY-VENTO
Under McKinney-Vento and state law, students are considered to be in temporary housing if their nighttime residence is not fixed, regular, and adequate.
DISASTER AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Students who are temporarily displaced due to disaster are protected by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, a federal law that discusses the public education of students in temporary housing.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION / APPEAL PROCESS
These resources are helpful 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.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
McKinney-Vento liaisons are responsible for connecting young children with early care and education programs including Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K, Early Intervention, preschool special education services.
ENROLLMENT AND SCHOOL SELECTION
The federal McKinney-Vento Act and New York Education Law Section 3209 provide important school selection and enrollment protections to preschool-12 students in temporary housing.
The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.
ll students need good nutrition in order to learn. Students in temporary housing are always eligible to receive free meals. This is called "Categorical Eligibility."
HIGHER EDUCATION & POST SECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES
Higher education is a key to helping students experiencing homelessness escape poverty. There are several programs available through the federal Higher Education Act, that help students graduate from high school, apply and enroll in college, and complete their degrees.
Immigrant students who experience homelessness are protected under the McKinney-Vento Act, regardless of their immigration status.
MCKINNEY-VENTO GRANT PROGRAM
Grant funding is available to LEAs (School Districts, Charter Schools, and BOCES) through a competitive application process administered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
All Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), which includes all school districts, charter schools, and BOCES, must designate an appropriate staff person to serve as the McKinney-Vento liaison to help students in temporary housing and their families.
NYS EDUCATION DEPT. LAWS & GUIDANCE
Although the McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law, New York State laws clarify some of the federal protections. Read about some important protections for New Yorkers.
PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides important protections to make sure that students and families can access their school records and keep them private.
RESEARCH ON HOMELESS EDUCATION
read more research on many timely topics regarding homeless education.
Students in temporary housing who need summer school to advance to the next grade, or who need summer school to graduate on time, must be provided the opportunity to attend summer school free of charge.
TEACHING STRATEGIES TO REACH HIGHLY MOBILE STUDENTS
Find many strategies to help teach highly mobile students.
Students in temporary housing are categorically eligible for services under Title I, even if they do not attend a Title I school or match the academic standards required of other children for eligibility.
TRAUMA-SENSITIVE STRATEGIES FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS
Many students have additional needs that stem from chronic stress and trauma. Find out more about trauma-sensitive resources and research.
An unaccompanied youth is a student who is not in the physical custody of their parent or legal guardian; this includes young people who have run away from home, have been kicked out of their homes, or have been abandoned by parents.