U.S. public schools enrolled 1,301,239 children and youth experiencing homelessness during the 2013-2014 school year.
(Source: National Center for Homeless Education)


Homeless children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles. In school, students gain the skills and support needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On November 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education issued the very important final rules on ESSA. Please click the link below to read more.

ESSA Rules

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Within the next two months, new federal rules for preschool, Head Start, and child care will go into effect. These rules include many new policies designed to remove barriers and better support young children experiencing homelessness. This convergence and alignment of federal policies represent a critical opportunity for state and local action to better serve our youngest children experiencing homelessness. Learn about these changes, and the new tools we’ve developed to help you make the most of them.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Last week the National College Access Network (NCAN) made its way to Detroit, MI, for its 2016 national Conference. Over 1,100 attendees from secondary education, higher education, community-based organizations and foundations came together to learn more about college access under the theme “Driving Postsecondary Attainment for All.” NAEHCY’s Director of Higher Education Initiatives was in attendance to learn more about the latest resources and supports to best help homeless students.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Today – Saturday, October 1, 2016 – all but one of the amendments to subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Act made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) go into effect. We did not want to let this day slip by without a short note to mark the momentous occasion.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NAEHCY is pleased to announce our keynote speakers for this year’s conference. You'll be informed and inspired!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Drafting laws is boring. It’s obsessing over the placement of commas and the use of “and” versus “or.” But consider the difference between “have” and “halve” to the child in the cartoon in this article, and you can see how important it is, especially when children’s rights and well-being are at stake. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is millions of words and commas, and after years of advocacy, it is now the law. At NAEHCY, our focus has shifted from law to implementation, as we strive to provide schools and students with tools to make the words real. Read about our latest tools.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced final regulations to implement the Child Care and Development Fund program (CCDF). The new regulations contain several unprecedented provisions to facilitate access to child care for families experiencing homelessness. Read more about the new rules.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The revised edition of "The Most Frequently Asked Question" covers a wide spectrum of education issues concerning homeless children and youth, from child care and early education services to higher education policies. It includes questions and answers that clarify recent amendments made by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the U.S. Department of Education’s Non-Regulatory Guidance, Head Start Performance Standards, and the U.S. Department of Education’s financial aid policies.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced final regulations to update the Head Start Performance Standards. The final rule contains new policies on the prioritization of homeless children, as well as other procedures to facilitate the identification, enrollment, and stability of homeless children in Head Start. Learn more about these important new policies, and how they will help children and families experiencing homelessness.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In just four short weeks, on October 1, amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act’s education provisions go into effect in every school district in the country. The road to this day has been long, and filled with many detours, potholes, and, occasionally, roadblocks. Looking back through my archives, I found an email sent to Patricia Julianelle, NAEHCY’s Director of State Projects and Legal Affairs, on February 17, 2006. The email outlined ideas for recommendations, and suggested forming a committee to obtain feedback and input from practitioners and stakeholders....Today, more than a decade later, I re-read that initial list with mixed emotions. Read more.


NAEHCY 2017 Conference
Chicago, IL
October 28-31, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
Homeless Students in ESEA Reauthorization
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