K-12 Education for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Setting the Context
Federal law provides numerous rights and services for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Learn more about federal education legislation focused on improving K-12 education access and success for students experiencing homelessness.
The “Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015” (ESSA) reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program and Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This page provides summaries of ESSA amendments on homelessness and foster care; links to the bill text and federal guidance; answers to frequently asked questions; and many other implementation, technical assistance, professional development, and training tools.
Special Education (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - IDEA)
IDEA is the nation’s federal special education law that ensures that public schools serve the educational needs of students with disabilities. IDEA includes specific provisions related to special education for students experiencing homelessness.
Learn more about the education of immigrant, migrant, and refugee students, including those who may be experiencing homelessness.