Early Childhood

Youth.gov

http://youth.gov/youth-topics/runaway-and-homeless-youth/resources-young-parents-children Youth.gov, the federal government’s online portal that provides information on funding and implementing evidence-based youth programs, has developed a webpage focused on young parents experiencing homelessness and their children. Practitioners, policymakers, and young parents can use this online database to find resources about programs, guidance, practices, and supports available to young homeless parents and… Read more »

Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness

On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Education released a joint policy statement providing recommendations on ways in which early childhood and housing providers at the local and, in some cases, State levels can collaborate to provide… Read more »

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Early Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essaelguidance10202016.pdf The U.S. Department of Education released Non-Regulatory Guidance: Early Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Highlights from the guidance follow: PRESCHOOL SUPPORTS UNDER MCKINNEY-VENTO (pages 12-13) The guidance summarizes key supports for young homeless children included in ESSA amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act. These supports include requiring SEAs and LEAs to review and… Read more »

Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY Fact Sheet)

Research and data, including surveys of homeless and formerly homeless youths, indicate that experiencing homelessness can have significant negative impacts on children academically, socially, and emotionally. The Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) program, authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), is designed to address the needs of homeless children and youths… Read more »

CCDF Homelessness State Guide

Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness:  Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Guide

This guide is intended to assist states in utilizing their CCDF state plan (“CCDF Plan”) as a vehicle for improving access to high-quality early care and education for children who experience homelessness. The guide provides background information on child and family homelessness, including common barriers and challenges and best practices for serving homeless families; a summary of requirements of the CCDBG Act related to homelessness; and a summary of some of the opportunities available through the state CCDF Plan to improve access.

Determining Eligibility for Rights and Services Under the McKinney-Vento Act

Best Practices in Homeless Education Brief Series
Determining Eligibility for Rights and Services Under the McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines “homeless children and youths” as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” However, because the circumstances of homelessness vary with each family’s or unaccompanied youth’s situation, determining the extent to which the family or youth fits the definition must occur on a case-by-case basis. Enrollment staff and/or the local homeless education liaison must gather and analyze information from the family or youth and make an appropriate determination of eligibility. Expeditious determination of eligibility and immediate school enrollment are critical to the child’s educational continuity.

This tool is designed to assist school and school district staff in applying the definition to individual children and youth to determine eligibility for rights and services under the McKinney-Vento Act.

Who Is Homeless?

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Subtitle B—Education for Homeless Children and Youth), reauthorized in January 2002, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This brief explains the legislation and offers strategies for implementing it in a school district.

Head Start and Early Head Start For Children in Out-of-Home Care

Head Start is a federally funded program for preschool children in economically disadvantaged families. This comprehensive child development program offers an array of educational, health, social, and other services, with a particular focus on early reading and math skills. Head Start also provides health screenings that include physicals, immunizations, dental examinations, vision and hearing screenings, and mental health assessments. Early Head Start provides services to children birth to three years of age and their families, as well as pregnant women.