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Welcome to the website of the North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP). NCHEP operates the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's technical assistance center in the area of homeless education. For assistance with homeless education issues, contact NCHEP at 1-800-659-3204 (toll-free).

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What's New?

NOTICE: McKinney-Vento Data Collection Pages Are Now Open
Final Date for SY 2015-2016 Data Entry is June 15th*

Please visit the Data Collection web page for important information on entering McKinney-Vento data into PowerSchool. Find an online training presentation, downloadable slides, data tips, and updated FAQs.

* Or sooner if required by your LEA or Charter School.

Learning Institute Resources

Access presentations, handouts, and the ESSA video on the NCHEP 2016 Learning Institute page.

LEA and Charter School McKinney-Vento Web Pages

Please be reminded that your district’s McKinney-Vento web page should include the following minimal information:

  • Definition of the McKinney-Vento Act and who qualifies
  • Parent/Unaccompanied Youth rights
  • Contact information for the district McKinney-Vento liaison

Under ESSA (the ESEA reauthorization), state homeless education programs must post on their websites links to LEAs’ and charter schools’ McKinney-Vento web pages along with their homeless liaison contact information. Local Liaison contact information is already available on the NCHEP website on the NC Policies & Contacts page. We will add a column to the downloadable document to include the URLs.

To submit your web page URL to NCHEP for inclusion, complete the online form at: by June 15, 2015.

Registration for the NAEHCY 2016 Conference is open

Conference dates: October 30-November 1 (preconference is October 29)
Conference location: Orlando, FL
Visit the NAEHCY Conference page for more information.

President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

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:

Federal Data Summary School Years 2011-12 to 2013-14:
Education for Homeless Children and Youth

This 2015 report provides a summary of the 2013-2014 state data collection required by the U.S. Department of Education of the McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. Download the report.

Updated "Dear Colleague" Letter from the U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education released an updated “Dear Colleague" letter that provides additional detail regarding the Title I, Part A policy changes included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, and continued under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. Under Title I authority granted in these omnibus bills, school districts may use Title I funds to pay for all or part of the local homeless education liaison's salary and to pay the incremental costs to transport a homeless child or youth to the school of origin (above what the LEA would have otherwise provided to transport the student to his or her assigned school). Download the full letter.

Educational Services for Immigrant Children and Those Recently Arrived in the United States

The U.S. Department of Education has released a Fact Sheet and FAQ document pertaining to the education of immigrant children and those who recently arrived in the United States as unaccompanied children. Download a copy of the document

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Request Homeless Education Training from NCHEP

homeless education trainingNCHEP staff members are available to provide Homeless Education training in your school district or community agency. Visit NCHEP's online training request form to request a training in your area.

nchep product collageNCHEP is pleased to announce the availability of online ordering of NCHEP products. Now you can order NCHEP brochures and posters with the click of a mouse.
Visit NCHEP's online order form to order NCHEP products in hard copy.
Download NCHEP products in electronic copy.

NCHEP listservStay informed about emerging issues in the field of homeless education and dialogue with other across the state about promising practices and strategies.

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