Download the U.S. Department of Education's Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program: Non-Regulatory Guidance (updated July 27, 2016)
On December 10, 2015, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Under the previous version of ESEA (the No Child Left Behind Act), the education of homeless children and youth was included in Title X, Part C. Under ESSA, homeless education is included in Title IX, Part A. For more information:
The Department of Education has determined that the McKinney-Vento amendments included in the Every Student Succeeds Act will take effect on October 1, 2016, with the exception of the removal of "awaiting foster care placement" from the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless which will go into effect onDecember 10, 2016.
For the non-regulatory guidance on the Education for Homeless Children and Youth and help your school district implement amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act, please visit:http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160240ehcyguidance072716.pdf
For a fact sheet that you can provide to your school staff, teachers, and principals, on the impacts of homelessness, key rights of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act, and tips for how school staff can support the homeless students and families they may serve visithttp://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160315ehcyfactsheet072716.pdf
To review the press release on the importance of identifying and serving homeless children and youth, go to http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-releases-guidance-homeless-children-and-youth .
Additionally, the US Department of Education released a new web page that highlights the Department initiatives related to identifying and supporting students experiencing homelessness from pre-school to post-secondary ages. Web page topics include:
To learn more, please visit:
Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (as reauthorized by Title X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act) defines homeless as follows:
The term "homeless children and youths"--
View the full text of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Visit Determining Eligibility for Services Under McKinney-Vento. This information is also located on the side bar of this page and at this site:https://1.cdn.edl.io/pxDObZv74VlrKqk2ZK8jixMEPO26gQUPsaEBLixtnefKKI5R.pdf
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Rights
View this information located on the side bar of this page and at this site: https://1.cdn.edl.io/KkY4fYdk9aqpaOCYEKNBegoBQ7zJ03DHECVmJemO07Cr8reI.pdf