Driving Postsecondary Attainment for All: Highlights from the National College Access Network (NCAN) Annual Conference

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.

Today is the Day! The McKinney-Vento Act Amendments Go Into Effect

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.

2016 Conference Keynote Speakers

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

Final Child Care Rules Announced: New Policies for Children Experiencing Homelessness

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.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: ESSA Update Now Available

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.

Final Head Start Rules Announced

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.

New ESSA Resources: Federal Guidance, NAEHCY Tools, and More

There are many new resources to help schools and communities prepare for the implementation of the ESSA amendments: new federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, updated PowerPoint templates from NAEHCY, and much more. Find out what’s new and how you can use it.

Homeless Families Who Are Not in Shelters: Barriers to Early Childhood Services

Most of the literature on homeless children in families is based on analyses of children in shelters, or homeless children already in public education systems. The Administration for Children and Families recently released findings from an exploratory project that sheds light on the experiences of homeless families who are not living in shelters, or connected with education. These families are particularly at risk, since they do not have access to the support services provided by the shelter, early learning, or educational systems. Learn more.

US Department of Education Releases Homeless Guidance

Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a package of materials on the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness to help school districts and States implement new protections made by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Read more.

FAFSA Victory for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will make two substantial changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to better support unaccompanied homeless youth. First, beginning with the 2017-18 application that comes online this fall, the Department will change the text on the FAFSA on the web to be more supportive of unaccompanied homeless youth. Second, for the 2018-19 application, the Department will remove the definition of “youth.” This change will allow unaccompanied 22- and 23-year-old applicants to indicate that they are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Read more.

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