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Title: An Orientation to

An Orientation to
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Education
  • Fall 2014

  • Introductions Ground Rules
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance
  • The Law
  • Whos Homeless
  • Educational Rights of Homeless Children and Youth
  • Role of the Homeless Liaison
  • Break
  • Homelessness in Massachusetts
  • Best Practices
  • Hot topics
  • Questions

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act,
  • Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance
  • No Child Left Behind
  • So why do we even have this law?
  • Homelessness is a journey -
  • not an overnight event that has enormous impact
    on children.

Why McKinney-Vento?
  • Homelessness effects
  • Whole family,
  • Attendance,
  • The ability to focus and learn,
  • Educational gaps due to high mobility, and
  • Behavior.
  • Homelessness is often accompanied with
  • Food insecurity
  • Lack of medical, dental, and mental health
  • Loss of connection to family, friends, community

The Law
  • Definition, Who is Homeless?
  • Educational Rights of Students Who are Homeless
  • School Selection Enrollment
  • Transportation
  • Nutrition
  • Equal Access Comparable Services
  • Title I
  • See ESE Homeless Education Advisories on webpage
  • Role of the Homeless Liaison

Definition Who is Homeless?
  • Anyone who lacks fixed regular and adequate
    nighttime residence.
  • This includes
  • Shelters and motels
  • On the street cars, parks,
  • Doubling up due to Economic hardship, loss of
    housing or similar reason
  • Unaccompanied youth
  • Awaiting foster care

Homeless? Case Study
  • Mary arrives at the Parent Information Center to
    enroll her second grader. She explains that she
    has just arrived in town and is living with her
    mother. She cannot prove residency and is
    unwilling to show you a lease.
  • Is she housed? Or homeless?

Educational Rights of Students Who are Homeless
  • School Selection Enrollment
  • School of Origin
  • School/District last attended
  • School attended when student became homeless
  • Immediate Enrollment Locally
  • With or Without Documentation
  • Unaccompanied Youth

Educational Rights of Students Who are Homeless
  • Student Records
  • Transportation
  • Shared Responsibility
  • Special Education
  • Nutrition
  • Free Lunch and Breakfast
  • Paperwork
  • Food Insecurity

Educational Rights of Students Who are Homeless
  • Equal Access Comparable Services
  • School Courses, Events, Activities
  • Student Support Services
  • Preschool
  • Charter Schools, Vocational Schools, school
  • Title I
  • School-wide Targeted Programs
  • Addressing the unique needs of homeless students

The Role of the Homeless Education Liaison
  • Identification
  • Building Awareness is Key
  • Professional Development and Training
  • School committee
  • Transportation
  • Communicating with your counterparts

The Role of the Homeless Education Liaison
  • Facilitate Enrollment Dispute Resolution
  • Ensure Equal Access Comparable Services
  • Referral to Outside Services

The Role of the Homeless Education Liaison
  • Data Collection
  • Tracking for internal purposes
  • Support services
  • Transportation reimbursement
  • Annual ESE data collection
  • Students that are enrolled with you
  • Enter - do not delete

The Role of the Homeless Education Liaison
  • ESE contact
  • Current list of homeless liaisons on the ESE
  • Monitoring and Compliance

Journey Through Homelessness Case Study
  • Tommy, a first grader, has made several trips to
    the school nurses office in the past month with
    vague complaints of not feeling good. Mom
    recently mentioned that her work hours were cut
    and the family is struggling. Today Tommy fell
    asleep in the nurses office saying they cant
    sleep at home anymore.
  • What is going on? Could she be homeless?
  • What can the nurse do? What can you do?

Homelessness in Massachusetts
  • 2013/14 School Year By the Numbers
  • Shelters 4,125
  • Motels 3,653
  • Doubled up 6,813
  • Unaccompanied 894
  • Unsheltered 104
  • Awaiting Foster Care 2,006
  • Total 17,595

Homelessness in Massachusetts
  • State Shelter system
  • Family Shelters
  • Motels
  • Unaccompanied Youth Adult Shelters
  • Moving out of Shelter Signing a Lease
  • Enrollment Verification Letter
  • Doubling up
  • Living with friends or relatives due to economic
    hardship, loss of housing and similar reason

Homelessness in Massachusetts
  • Summer Campgrounds Winter Rentals
  • Couch surfing unaccompanied youth
  • Department of Children and Families
  • TCU
  • Temporary foster care and foster care

Best Practices
  • Policy
  • Template at
  • ESE summary page
  • Sample District Policies
  • Enrollment
  • Do your enrollment forms cite McKinney-Vento or
    families in transition?
  • Identification, the key is training.
  • Who enrollment staff, guidance, principals,
  • DVDs
  • Awareness building school committee, community

Best Practices
  • Student Support Services
  • Collaboration with Title 1, sped, ELL,
  • 21st Century, Afterschool/Out of School,
  • Community Based Services and Outreach
  • Medical, mental, and dental health
  • Food Pantries Clothing Banks
  • Local transportation
  • Local housing advocates
  • Local enrichment opportunities
  • Public Libraries
  • Municipal Parks and Recreation
  • YM/WCAs, Boys and Girls, Out of School Time

Looking for more information?
  • National Association for the Education of
    Homeless Children and Youth
  • National Center for Homeless Education
  • NCHE,
  • National Runaway Safeline
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • MHSA Young Adult Resource Guide
  •, click on Resources

Is your contact information up to date?
  • Your Districts Contact
  • Verify your contact information on the ESE
    website Including name, email, phone and
  • Update is done by the Districts Directory
    Administrator not by ESE
  • Parents, providers and other state agencies
    reference this list and
  • This is how we reach you.

We are Glad to Help
  • Office for the Education of
  • Homeless Children and Youth
  • Website http//
  • 781-338-6315
  • Sarah Slautterback, State Coordinator
  • 781-338-6330
  • Elizabeth Harris, Student Support
  • 781-338-6310