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).
Guidance on Foster Care and Education
Joint guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services about implementation of the foster care provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was released on June 23, 2016. This link, http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/index.html will guide you to a 28 page guidance document as well as to two Dear Colleague Letters.
Summer Meals for Students
Families can identify nearby sites by calling 1-866-348-6479 (English) or
During the school year, more than 21 million children receive free and reduced-price meals, but only about 1 in 6 of those students participate in the summer meals programs. This is the critical gap that the summer meals programs work to fill. For many students, school meals provide for over half of their daily calories during the academic year, which means that ensuring these children have access to healthy food --including over the summer--is a big priority for their growth and development.
Research confirms that food insecurity can impact young children’s cognitive health and can contribute to poorer school performance, a greater likelihood of illness, and higher healthcare costs. This program makes it possible for any child under the age of 18 to visit a designated summer meal site and eat for free.
Learn more about Summer Food Service Program at http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp and help the USDA to ensure that no child goes hungry this summer.
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:
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.
The web page URLs submission deadline was June 15th. If you have not submitted your web page URL to NCHEP for inclusion, complete the online form at: https://uncg.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_51tuY6kOl4kqN25&Q_JFE=0.
Learning Institute Resources
Access presentations, handouts, and the ESSA video on the NCHEP 2016 Learning Institute page.
Registration for the NAEHCY 2016 Conference is open
Conference dates: October 30-November 1 (preconference is October 29)
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: