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House Committee Approves Funding Increase for Homeless Children and Youth

On May 9, the House Appropriations Committee passed its FY2020 appropriations bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.The House bill includes $100 million in FY2020 funding for the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program. This represents a 7% increase over the FY2019 level; if enacted, it would represent a 30% increase in EHCY funding since FY2017.

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Three Ways to Help Youth Navigate Life After College

There is always a sense of pride and accomplishment in the days leading up to a graduation ceremony. Some students will continue their studies in graduate or professional schools; some may have job offers already lined up; and some may still be figuring out their next steps. In this guest perspective, authors from Western Carolina University share strategies for helping vulnerable youth make a successful transition after college.

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If my Head Start program is considered a preschool because my district is the fiscal agent, is the district obligated to provide transportation?

Answer: The McKinney-Vento Act applies to preschools – including Head Start programs – that are funded or administered in whole or in part by local educational agencies. This flowchart helps tease out whether an early childhood program is considered a “preschool”...

If a student elects to attend their school of origin, at the end of the school year should that student be withdrawn from the school since their homeless status is only good for one year? Or should the student remain on roll at the school until their living arrangement is determined for the next school year?

Answer: Assuming the student is experiencing homelessness at the end of the school year, the student should not be withdrawn from the school, but remain on the roll at the school until their living situation is determined for the next school year.  If the student is...

I have a potential graduating senior, unaccompanied homeless youth, with many recent absences. Prior to becoming homeless, the student attended school regularly, until about 6 weeks ago. A teacher will not allow the student to make up the work that he has missed for his class. How can I advocate for him, so that he can sit for his final exam next week and participate with his graduating class?

Answer: Below is the exact language from the McKinney-Vento Act.  The citation is 42 USC 11432(g)(1)(I). This student has been missing school after becoming homeless.  He now faces barriers to graduation due to his homelessness and the absences. The district has a...

Can we use Title I funds to pay for summer programs that are not administered by the LEA/SEA? How about McKinney-Vento subgrant funds?

Answer: This would be an allowable use of Title I funds only if the summer programs are academic in nature and somehow affiliated with the LEA such that the LEA awards credit for the program, or the program is an approved provider of Extended School Year services, or...

A student qualified for McKinney-Vento services and has been absent from school for quite some time. The family has not responded to communication. Are we required to keep this student enrolled, or can we disenroll the student?

Answer: Before disenrolling the student, you would need to try all available means of communication, based on all the information you have about the student.  Since we know that homelessness results in frequent moves, loss or disconnection of cell phones, and other...

Early Childhood

Infants are at greater risk of living in homeless shelters than any other age group in the United States. Early childhood programs prevent the harmful life-long effects of homelessness on education, health and well-being.

PreK - 12

In the 2016-17 school year, public schools identified more than 1.3 million homeless students. Schools provide basic needs, caring adults, stability, normalcy, and the skills to avoid homelessness as adults.

Higher Education

The majority of well-paying jobs created today require education beyond high school. Post-secondary attainment is increasingly necessary to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and live a healthy, productive life.

Unaccompanied Youth

Unaccompanied homeless youth are young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness each year.

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