Coming from a low income situation as a young adult presents a plethora of hurdles, especially when it comes to completing a college education. The incentive to stay in college becomes slim to none when there is a lack of funds and resources readily available. Everyone deserves an opportunity to achieve an education on an… Read more »
Foster Care Liaison
Foster Care & Student Success, housed in Texas Education Agency’s Division of Federal and State Education Policy, maintains resources and information to advance the education of students impacted by foster care. The resources and materials provide guidance related to the unique circumstances surrounding students who are in the foster care system and attend Texas public schools. Click on the title above to access the site.
This NCHE brief: summarizes the key provisions related to the transportation of children and youth experiencing homelessness included in the McKinney-Vento Act; suggests transportation implementation strategies at the state and local levels; and recommends resources for funding transportation costs.
The Education of Children and Youth in Foster Care
In the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (February 2015)
Currently, the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth program contains a definition of homeless that includes the phrase “awaiting foster care placement.” States and local school districts must determine which children are considered to be “awaiting foster care placement.”
Chart overview of Higher Education information/resources for current and former foster youth, adopted youth, and youth in PCA/PMC (Revised July 2017); Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS).
Updated July, 2017. This chart helps determine McKinney-Vento eligibility for students who are involved with the Texas Child Protective Services system.
Keeping Kids with Family: How Texas Can Better Support Kinship Care
Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)
Across Texas, family members and friends have stepped up to provide homes for children whose parents cannot care for them. These “kinship care” arrangements include all children who receive care from grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins and close family friends for a given period of time.
Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.; hereafter the McKinney-Vento Act), reauthorized in 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This brief explains the legislation and offers strategies for implementing it… Read more »
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.