McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Act was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently was reauthorized in 2015 as Title VII, Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies (SEAs) and Local educational agencies (LEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Homeless children and youth should have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school.
In the 2016-2017 Schoolyear Nebraska districts reported 3,627 children or youth who were experiencing homelessness. Children and youth were reported from every part of the state with a total of 66 districts reporting anywhere from 1 to 1,023 children or youth experiencing homelessness sometime during the year. This includes a count of 442 unaccompanied homeless children or youth. An unaccompanied homeless youth or child is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. 62% of homeless children and youth in Nebraska are in “doubled-up” situations. Doubled-up means sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
Administrator Days 2017 Power Point Presentations
NCHE (National Center for Homeless Education) Briefs
- Transporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- Confirming Eligibility for McKinney-Vento Rights and Services
- Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: An Introduction to the Issues
- Local Homeless Education Liaisons: Important Information for New Local Liaisons
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act – Laws and Guidance
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
- Non-Regulatory Guidance
- McKinney-Vento State Plan
- NDE, Rule 19, Regulations Regarding School Enrollment
- Sample McKinney-Vento District Homeless Policy
Sample Dispute Resolution Process
- Sample Dispute Resolution Process (Required)
Sample McKinney-Vento Written Notification of Enrollment/Placement Decision Form
Form for Parent/Guardian/Unaccompanied Homeless Youth to Dispute the District Decision.
Sample McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution Written Response and Right to Appeal Notification
Homeless Education – Miscellaneous
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
The National Center for Homeless Education
The NCHE provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
The National Center on Family Homelessness
The National Center on Family Homelessness is at the forefront of research and evaluation, program design, service delivery, systems integration, and advocacy to help homeless children and their families.
SchoolHouse Connection is a national organization promoting success for children and youth experiencing homelessness, from birth through higher education.
Homeless shelters across Nebraska are listed alphabetically as reported by its respective school district.
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