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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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NCHEP Job Opening

The North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP) is seeking an additional staff member in our Greensboro office. Go to Job Posting Announcement #013365 for more information about the position and how to apply.


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:

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 on December 10, 2016.

For the non-regulatory guidance on the Education for Homeless Children and Youth, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160240ehcyguidance072716.pdf

For a fact sheet that provides 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 visit http://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, visit 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. Topics include:

  • The state of homeless students in the United States
  • Pre-K-12 education programs and initiatives that specify homeless students for eligibility or priority for services
  • Additional federal programs and resources that may support homeless students
  • Other federal agencies serving homeless children and youth

To learn more, please visit:
http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/supporting-homeless-students/index.html 


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.

The document delivers a strong message that the unique needs of children in foster care must be addressed. Because these provisions go into effect December 10, 2016, state and local child welfare and education agencies must immediately begin conversations about their shared responsibility to support the school stability and success of students in foster care.

The foster care provisions of ESSA, coupled with the school stability provisions of the Fostering Connections Act, envision shared responsibility for school stability and success between child welfare and education agencies. This joint guidance offers details about the requirements under the new law, provides examples from around the country about "what's working" to support students in foster care, and will be a critical resource in implementation efforts.

Register for the Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care: Best Interest Determination and Immediate Enrollment webinar on August 24th at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

This webinar is one of a series hosted by the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to explore in greater detail discrete provisions concerning the non-regulatory guidance on the new ESSA foster care provisions. Download the flyer to read more information about the webinar series.

Joint Federal Letter on Serving Immigrants Experiencing Homelessness

Earlier this month, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development issued a joint letter that reminds recipients of federal funds how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 applies to their programs. The joint letter is available for downloading at https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/Joint-Letter-August-2016.pdf.

Housing and service providers must not turn away immigrants experiencing homelessness or victims of domestic violence or human trafficking, on the basis of their immigration status, from certain housing and services necessary for life or safety – such as street outreach, emergency shelter, and short-term housing assistance including transitional housing and rapid re-housing funded through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs. This letter reiterates existing laws and policies and applies those policies to programs that were not in effect when the original Attorney General Order was signed in 2001.


Summer Meals for Students

Families can identify nearby sites by calling 1-866-348-6479 (English) or
1-877-842-6273 (Spanish) or using a text service operated by a USDA partner by texting FOOD (English) or COMIDA (Spanish) to 877-877.

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.


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.


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.


District Spotlight

spotlightRead how the efforts of the Iredell-Statesville Homeless Education Program staff are working to reduce barriers so that children and youth can be successful in school.

 


Quick Links to NCHEP Resources

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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