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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

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Context

Subtitle VII-B of The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act authorizes the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program and is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. It was reauthorized in 2001 by Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Legislation


Regulations | Guidance | Memoranda

34 CFR Part 200.6
34 CFR 200.6, issued July 5, 2002, discusses the inclusion of homeless students in state academic assessment, reporting, and accountability systems.
Download 34 CFR Part 200.6.

U.S. Department of Education Enrollment Guidelines
This March 8, 2002, notice in the Federal Register lists the guidelines for State and Local Educational Agencies (SEAs and LEAs) for the enrollment of homeless children and youth in U.S. public schools.
Download the guidelines.

U.S. Department of Education Guidance: Guidance on Homeless Children with Disabilities
This Q&A document, issued by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), provides state and local educational officials, early intervention services providers, and homeless assistance coordinators with information to assist with the implementation of the requirements of the IDEA and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Download the guidance.

U.S. Department of Education: Guidance on McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program Funds Made Available Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
This guidance provides comprehensive information on McKinney-Vento Homeless Children and youth funds made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Download the guidance.

U.S. Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
The U.S. Department of Education periodically issues policy guidance to address common questions that have arisen regarding the interpretation or implementation of federal education law. The Department issued updated guidance for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth program (EHCY) in July 2004.
Download the guidance.

U.S. Dept. of Education Reports to the President and Congress on the Implementation of the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
This report, submitted to Congress by the U.S. Department of Education, incorporates information received from states about their homeless education programs and the children and youth they serve. It includes a summary of data received from states, information on barriers to the education of homeless children and youth and strategies used by school districts (LEAs) to remove these educational barriers, and a nationwide status report on homeless education.
Download the 2006 Report to Congress.
Download the 2000 Report to Congress.


Resources

Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Federal Program Profile
This two-page profile provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Education's federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. Topics include: A Brief History of The McKinney-Vento Act; Rights of Eligible Children and Youth; Funding History; Funding for States and School Districts; Program Administrative Structure; Homeless Student Enrollment Data; National Homeless Student Academic Performance Data; Interagency Collaboration; and Program Contact Information.
Download the federal program profile.

The 100 Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
This document, created collaboratively by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), provides answers to 100 frequently asked questions on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the education rights of children and youth in homeless situations.
Download the document.


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