Were you aware that 2/3 of adults experiencing homelessness have not received a high school diploma or completed a GED?

Most Frequently Asked Questions: ESSA Update Now Available

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) and the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) are pleased to announce the eagerly anticipated update to “The Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations.”

This revised edition 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.

Organized by topic area, this resource provides information and tools to assist parents, youth, liaisons, administrators, school personnel, and advocates in understanding the McKinney-Vento Act and other education-related laws and policies. Topics include:

  • Definitions of Key Terms and Responsibilities Related to Identifying Homeless Children and Youth
  • Responsibilities of Liaisons   
  • School Placement and Selection   
  • Transportation
  • Immediate Enrollment and Attendance   
  • Issues Facing Unaccompanied Youth   
  • Supporting Academic Success   
  • Private Schools and Charter Schools   
  • Integration   
  • Disputes and Enforcement   
  • Students Receiving Special Education and Related Services
  • Title I, Part A   
  • Preschool and Other Early Childhood Programs
  • Access to Higher Education   
  • Coordinating with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Homeless Assistance Programs

To download the publication, click here.

For more information, please contact

NAEHCY 2018 Conference
Anaheim, CA
October 27-30, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
Homeless Students in ESEA Reauthorization
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