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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is also known as Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The Law

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Policy Guidance

pdf file icon Download the U.S. Department of Education's Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program: Non-Regulatory Guidance (updated July 27, 2016)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 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 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 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, 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:

  • 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 

 

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